PhD Studentship: High Speed 3D Robot Vision System

Loughborough University

Start date: 01/10/2017


Primary supervisor: Prof Jon Huntley

Secondary co-supervisor: Prof Jeremy Coupland

Secondary co-supervisor: Dr Peter Kinnell

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

This project will involve the development of a very high speed active 3D vision system, and investigation of potential high value manufacturing applications such as robotic machining and assembly. Traditional 3D systems based on the ‘projected fringes’ technique, manufactured by companies such as Zeiss and GOM, deliver dense ‘clouds’ of coordinate data, but are too slow to provide the necessary real-time feedback for robot control. This project aims to provide a step change in the performance of such systems (over two orders of magnitude increase in data acquisition rate) through innovative optical system design, and novel fringe analysis algorithms implemented on high speed embedded processors.

The successful applicant will become a member of the £30m EPSRC- and industry-funded Advanced Metrology hub, which is collaboration between the universities of Huddersfield (lead), Loughborough, Sheffield and Bath. He/she will be based in the recently refurbished laboratories of the Optical Engineering research group at Loughborough, which has a long history of innovative development in applied optics technologies and won a Queens Anniversary Prize in 2001. A dedicated KUKA KR16 robot is available for the project and access will be provided to the outstanding facilities of the EPSRC Intelligent Automation Centre which is also located on campus. A total of 40 industrial collaborators, including the National Physical Laboratory, Renishaw and Rolls Royce, provide opportunities for eventual commercialisation of the developed technology.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a physical sciences, engineering, or related subject. Experience in one or more of the following areas will be an advantage: optical design, signal processing, robotics, good working knowledge of one or more programming languages (C++, MATLAB).

Funding information:

The studentship will start in October 2017, for three years, and currently provides a tax-free stipend of £14,553 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,195 p.a.). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available.

Contact details:

Name: Prof Jon Huntley

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 1509 227560

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’

Please quote reference number: JH06062017

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