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Virtual Human-Robot Collaboration: developing an immersive human-robot collaboration testing environment using virtual reality tools

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The aim of this research theme is to develop an immersive human-robot collaboration testing environment using virtual reality tools, such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and VR CAVEs. The project will investigate human reactions to robot movements and how these can be used to modify the behaviour of the robot. For example, the reaction of users can inform the direction, speed and acceleration of movement of the actual industrial robot arm. The theme will investigate multiple sensory feedback (e.g. motion, audio, haptic, etc).

This will support the technology developments and research projects carried out under the EPSRC High Value Manufacturing Catapult Fellowship held at the University of Sheffield. This project theme will involve close collaboration with High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). The industrial-scale robotic and manufacturing facilities at the MTC will be available for undertaking projects in this theme.

Funding Notes

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive. it will be possible to make Scholarship applications from the Autumn with a strict deadline in late January/early February. Specific information will appear here:
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This project will require candidates to have excellent engineering and computational skills. It will be an advantage if the candidates have familiarity with programming within gaming platforms (e.g. Unity) and/or hardware/software integration.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 21.80

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