Back to search results

PhD Studentship: Robot Swarms for Environmental Monitoring: Investigating Functional Heterogeneity

University of Bristol - Engineering Mathematics, Bristol

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: From £18,000 Enhanced tax-free stipend, per annum, for 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th April 2022
Closes: 20th September 2022

Title of studentship:

Robot Swarms for Environmental Monitoring: Investigating Functional Heterogeneity

The project:

Autonomous robot teams or ‘swarms’ have great potential to enhance monitoring of different environments, by providing a mobile sensor network that can cover a complex, dynamic area. This PhD project will help to develop important principles for the deployment of robot swarms in the field, with a focus on security applications. These principles will be validated through meaningful experimental data collected in robot field trials.

The classic starting point for robot swarm research is to assume agents are identical in their characteristics, for example in the ‘behavioural rules’ they follow in reacting to the environment and each other. However, in biology it is increasing recognised that diversity (heterogeneity) among group members can be functional (useful) for the whole group. Such heterogeneity includes variation in behaviour, robot form (e.g. rover, quadruped) and sensory capabilities. Such variation can confer important benefits, such as enhanced awareness of the environment, better response to risk, or more accurate collective decision-making.

This studentship will investigate heterogeneity in robot characteristics – starting with behaviour – to assess its effect on performance in relation to detecting anomalies that may be a security concern. The student will develop realistic simulations of ROS-based rover robots in the Gazebo simulator and at a University of Bristol field site. Experimental work (simulated and real) will be complemented by development of a conceptual framework to measure and predict the positive (or negative) impact of swarm heterogeneity.

The project is supported by FCDO Services, part of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the UK.  

How to apply:

Prior to submitting your application, please contact Dr Hunt with your CV attached for an informal discussion.  No indication of an offer can be made until we receive your completed application.

To apply for this studentship, submit a PhD application using our online application system [www.bristol.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply]

Please ensure that in the Funding section you tick “I would like to be considered for a funding award from the Engineering Mathematics Department” and specify the title of the scholarship in the “other” box below along with the name of the supervisor.  Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

By applying to this PhD, the applicant is agreeing to undertake UK security vetting if it becomes necessary during the PhD. Applicants are asked to declare any reasons why they might not be eligible to work in this area. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/united-kingdom-security-vetting-applicant

Candidate requirements: 

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a Master’s degree (or international equivalent) in robotics, computer science, engineering (e.g. mechanical, electronic), physics, mathematics or other relevant discipline.  Applicants without a Master’s qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree.

Basic skills and knowledge required:

Essential:

  • Excellent analytical skills and some experience with coding (C++/Python preferred)

Funding:

Enhanced tax-free stipend of £18,000 for 3.5 years

Contacts:  

For questions about the research topic please contact Dr Edmund Hunt at Edmund.hunt@bristol.ac.uk  

For questions about eligibility and the application process please contact SCEEM Postgraduate Research Admissions sceem-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:

Subject Area(s):

Location(s):

PhD tools
 

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Ok Ok

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Account Verification Missing

In order to create multiple job alerts, you must first verify your email address to complete your account creation

Request verification email Request verification email

jobs.ac.uk Account Required

In order to create multiple alerts, you must create a jobs.ac.uk jobseeker account

Create Account Create Account

Alert Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your account is currently blocked. Please login to unblock your account.

Email Address Blocked

We received a delivery failure message when attempting to send you an email and therefore your email address has been blocked. You will not receive job alerts until your email address is unblocked. To do so, please choose from one of the two options below.

Max Alerts Reached

A maximum of 5 Job Alerts can be created against your account. Please remove an existing alert in order to create this new Job Alert

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your alert was not created at this time. Please try again.

Ok Ok

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

 
 
 
More PhDs from University of Bristol

Show all PhDs for this organisation …

More PhDs like this
Join in and follow us

Browser Upgrade Recommended

jobs.ac.uk has been optimised for the latest browsers.

For the best user experience, we recommend viewing jobs.ac.uk on one of the following:

Google Chrome Firefox Microsoft Edge