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Swarm of multiple co-operative and autonomous low-cost robots for search and rescue

EPSRC DTP PhD Studentships: Specific Project Advert

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentship for the project “Swarm of multiple co-operative and autonomous low-cost robots for search and rescue” starting 1st October 2021. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,609, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years).

The majority of studentships are available to applicants who are eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but a limited number are available to overseas and EU nationals who meet the academic entry criteria.

The Project

You will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Search and rescue (SAR) services work with extreme caution in a disaster scene as unstable rubble are dangerous for the potential survivors and the rescue workers. To reduce the risk SAR robots have been being used at various capacity. However, the robots that are used are expensive and have limited functions and relies primary on an operator.

Thus, this project aims to develop a swarm of multiple co-operative and autonomous low-cost search and rescue robots.

Please contact Dr Maysam Abbod at Maysam.abbod@brunel.ac.uk and Dr Nazmul Huda at nazmul.huda@brunel.ac.uk to arrange an informal discussion about the project.


Skills and Experience

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their strong programming skills and experience in robotics (design, modelling, control, and experiments), machine vision and machine learning algorithms. CAD software skills such as Solidworks or equivalent are desirable. You should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

Academic Entry Criteria

You will have or be expected to receive a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in an Robotics, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Design or a similar discipline. A masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.

If applicable, you should hold an English Language proficiency qualification of or equivalent to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections).

How to apply

Please submit the documents below) to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Friday 4 June 2021. Interviews will take place in June/July 2021.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English Language qualification, if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.

Meet the Supervisor for this Studentship

Maysam Abbod - Education - Dr Maysam F. Abbod (MIET, CEng, SMIEEE, SFHEA) He received BSc degree in Electrical Engineering fromUniversity of Technology in 1987. PhD in Control Engineering fromUniversity ofSheffield in 1992. From 1993 to 2006 he was with the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at theUniversity of Sheffield as a research associate and senior research fellow