PhD Studentship in Cooperative Control

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on distributed control for multi-agent systems within the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London.

It is widely recognised that a team of (aerial) robots, forming a multi-agent system, cooperatively can successfully perform complicated tasks which would be difficult, or impossible, to accomplish using a single more complex robot. To increase the autonomy of teams of robots it is crucial to develop novel methods for efficient and effective cooperative control.

The goal of the PhD studentship is to develop methods for designing distributed controllers for multi-agent systems. Teams of aerial robots equipped with sensors could, for example, be employed to monitor large regions to aid search and rescue missions or perform tasks related to environmental monitoring. Drawing inspiration from the monitoring problem the student will develop methodologies for designing distributed controllers for general systems, which will be useful for a range of different problems involving multi-agent systems.

Applicants should have a keen interest and solid background in Mathematics and Control Engineering and have experience with using MATLAB. Knowledge of Nonlinear Control is preferable. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a first-class honours degree or an equivalent degree in Engineering or a related discipline.

“Funding is available for UK and EU citizens. The studentship is for 3.5 years starting as soon as possible and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £16,296.”

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure (

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to: Dr Thulasi Mylvaganam via email:

To apply, please go to

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms. Lisa Kelly by email at

Closing date for applications: Open until filled 

Start Date: As soon as possible 

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