Professor of Autonomous Robot Vehicles

University of the West of England, Bristol - Engineering Design & Mathematics

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the Faculty of Environment & Technology have an exciting permanent and full time position for a Professor of Autonomous Robot Vehicles to join BRL within the Engineering, Design & Mathematics Department.

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) research-and-innovation pipeline is now experiencing unprecedented growth, evidenced by substantial new research opportunities appearing across the UK, EU and global funding landscape.

We are therefore looking to appoint a Professor of Autonomous Robot Vehicles. Due to substantial existing external funding for Research and Development in the Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) sub-thematic area, there will be an initial strong emphasis on terrestrial vehicles.

However, we would promote extension and integration activities to take full advantage of the other areas of existing vehicle research in Bristol Robotics Laboratory, so you will build on significant existing strengths to champion an exciting new research theme of wider scope that could include terrestrial, aerial and underwater Autonomous Robot Vehicles.

Prime amongst the techniques to be investigated are:
a) Effective and appropriate use of advanced wireless technologies for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, especially with respect to coordinated group activity;
b) Decision Making Systems, especially their effectiveness and safety in the presence of experiential learning;
c) Environmental sensor and perception systems and their effective interfacing both to vehicle lower-level control and Decision Making Systems.

We are looking for a candidate that could take on the challenge of joining these common factors across the application domains of vehicle categories, i.e., a candidate who will work with and grow our existing teams to make best use of our extensive facilities. These facilities include simulated and advanced wirelessly network connected real-world road-going and indoor mobile vehicle testing, a substantial instrumented flying arena, and similarly instrumented underwater vehicle facilities.

We welcome applications from gifted researchers from strongly linked disciplines who are fully committed to developing one or more of the areas of research outlined above. Those applicants, who are willing to exploit the full innovation pipeline via our extensive in-house business incubator facilities, as well as undertaking fundamental research, will be viewed especially favourably.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol also offers:

• a generous holiday allowance of 35 Days
• up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
• flexible working;
• excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
• option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
• family friendly policies;
• onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;
• option to purchase childcare vouchers.

This post is based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at our Frenchay campus.

Please see the attached full job description and person specification for the role.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion, please contact Tony Pipe on 01173286330 or email:

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. This can be achieved through attracting, developing and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes.

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