Robotic technologies have been applied to automate simple and repetitive industrial tasks to serve the aim of mass production.
It is expected that the next generation robotics can be adopted in more complex and uncertain tasks such as maintenance, cleaning, repair, remanufacturing and recycling. These tasks have been difficult to robotise because they may involve complex contacts and unknown physical interactions.
This PhD project is set to address key challenges in the development of future industrial automation systems. The objectives of the project include:
- To investigate the mechanics of automated processes and robotic components
- To develop and demonstrate novel robotic processes, devices and tools
- To research into integration techniques and system designs that can improve the reconfigurability and cost-effectiveness of robotic systems
Funding is awarded on a competitive basis. The funding covers the cost of Home/EU fees and a standard tax-free RCUK stipend for three years. Non-EU students are welcome to apply, and the funding will cover the cost of overseas fees and a limited stipend for three years.
Applications are sought from highly motivated students graduating with first degree (2:1 or higher) in Engineering (and preferably a Master degree). The research programme will take place in Autonomous Remanufacturing Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering. For further information, please contact Dr Yongjing Wang ([email protected]).
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