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Development and creation of a small robot with social capabilities

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Feras Dayoub
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Juxi Leitner
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Nicole Robinson
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


This project involves the development and creation of a small portable tabletop robot that can communicate and interact with people. This type of technology has a large potential to help individuals to acheive different tasks or goals, however current systems are often too expensive, complicated, or inaccessible for people to use. This project is intended to create a new robotics system that can operate as an interaction partner through vision, speech, and movement.

Research activities

This project involves assisting with the design, development and prototyping of the robot. This team has supervisors from the fields of autonomous robots, artificial intelligence, and behavioural sciences to provide the student with guidance across all three fields during the project.


Project aims include a functional prototype, as well as the potential for research trials or experimentation depending on the degree level. Basic requirements include a system with a camera, microphone, simple movement, and ability to process information.

Skills and experience

Students must have strong experience and knowledge in robotics.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.