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About the Project

Robotic or Cyber-Physical materials use embedded sensing, actuation and control to realise novel and improved performance over conventional or passive materials [1]. For example, such materials might have parameters such as mass and stiffness that are frequency dependant and tuneable and can be used for applications such as shielding (cloaking) submarines from sonar and buildings from earthquakes [2] and energy-harvesting. Other examples include intelligent self‐healing materials [3]. These materials have potential application across a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive and civil. Projects within this theme will look at several aspects of this emerging high impact area, including modelling and systems identification; embedded sensing and actuation; sensor fusion and data analysis; controller design. Robotic or Cyber-Physical materials use embedded sensing, actuation and control to realise novel and improved performance over conventional or passive materials [1]. For example, such materials might have parameters such as mass and stiffness that are frequency dependant and tuneable and can be used for applications such as shielding (cloaking) submarines from sonar and buildings from earthquakes [2] and energy-harvesting. Other examples include intelligent self‐healing materials [3]. These materials have potential application across a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive and civil. Projects within this theme will look at several aspects of this emerging high impact area, including modelling and systems identification; embedded sensing and actuation; sensor fusion and data analysis; controller design.

Relevant papers:

[1] DOI: 10.1126/science.1261689

[2] DOI: 10.1088/0964‐1726/21/12/125021

[3] DOI: 10.1088/0964‐1726/25/5/055028

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/scholarships


Funding Notes

This is a self-funded research project.
We require applicants to have either an undergraduate honours degree (1st) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant science or engineering subject from a reputable institution.
Knowledge of at least one of the following fields would be beneficial, but not necessarily required for research students to work in this field.
• Physical systems (either mechanical, electrical or electromagnetic) including modelling and analysis methods
• Control theory and analysis methods
• Sensor and actuator technology
Full details can be found here:
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References

Relevant papers:
[1] DOI: 10.1126/science.1261689
[2] DOI: 10.1088/0964‐1726/21/12/125021
[3] DOI: 10.1088/0964‐1726/25/5/055028

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