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The design and study of novel swarm systems (robots, organisms, particles etc)

  • 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

This project is meant to design and study a novel swarm system in the widest sense. Such a system would ideally:

i. advance technologies (e.g. decision making, construction, design, robotics, automation);
ii. enhance understanding of biological systems (e.g. bacteria, cells, flocking birds, social insects); or
iii. have an impact on society (arts, education etc).

The project could be purely theoretical, simulation based or practical. For example, it could focus on an advanced topic of bio-inspired artificial intelligence [2], such as behavioural systems, cellular systems, collective systems, developmental systems, evolutionary systems, immune systems, and neural systems.

The project will be carried out in the Natural Robotics Lab [1].

[1] http://naturalrobotics.group.shef.ac.uk
[2] Dario Floreano and Claudio Mattiussi, Bio-inspired artificial intelligence. Theories, methods, and technologies. MIT Press, 2008

Funding Notes

Prospective applicants should have a degree in a subject relevant to the project (applicants from all disciplines are highly encouraged to apply).

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: View Website

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