Visible Light Communication for Swarm Robots
Swarm robotic technology applies swarm intelligence found in a biological organism in robots i.e. individual robots are programmed to compute simple task but collectively they can carry out a complex swarm behaviour. The key component of the swarm robots is efficient local and global interactions for efficient and better decision making to achieve a goal. Currently, communication in swarm robots relies on radio frequency (RF). The RF technology, due to limited available bandwidth, can be the key constraint in the performance especially when the number of robots is large.
This project aims to investigate Visible light communication (VLC) as an alternative to existing RF technology in swarm robots to increase communication speed. VLC system benefits from the availability of huge license-free bandwidth which is ideal for communication among a large number of robots. This project aims to overcome the limitation of swarm robots by replacing/complementing the RF technology.
- A B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Robotics or Electrical or Electronic or Mechanical engineering or related fields.
- Strong programming skills.
- Experience of working on (or a willingness to quickly learn about) Wireless Communication and Visible Light Communication.
- Experimental, modelling and/or analytical experience in Robotics.
- Knowledge and experience of working on mechanical CAD software such as Solidworks or equivalent.
- Ability to work within a technical team.
- A wish to publish academic research in the highest quality journals.
- Good communication skills and ability to deliver on challenging tasks.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:
- Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
- Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
- Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.
This is a self funded topic
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.