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Moving to see: can a robot learn to avoid occlusions in unstructured and unmodelled environments?

This research is focused on robotic grasping and agricultural robotics.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Tree climbing robot for stealthy surveillance

Obtaining accurate biodiversity data is important for rainforest conservation. This requires long-term visual and acoustic data sets in parts of the environment that are often hard to reach.This project involves developing robotic systems to conduct stealthy surveillance (visual and acoustic) in forest tree canopies for assessing biodiversity.A key requirement for these systems is that they're small and nimble enough to climb into the cluttered tree canopies. These systems should be able to wait for hours or days whilst recording data …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Robotics

Gesture-based control of underwater helper-bots

Underwater robotic systems have been in use for several decades. In recent years, various groups have been adding manipulators and other payloads to increase their utility. However, their role has primarily been monitoring and mapping the oceans without human interaction.The next frontier is to have human divers and robotic system collaborate safely and productively in the same space to jointly complete complex tasks. This will involve the robotic system directly understanding and interacting with the diver in a non-verbal manner. …

Study level
PhD, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Robotics

Soft and self-powered robotic skin

The sense of touch is one of the most important ways to:discover the environmentdifferentiate soft and hard surfacesoperate delicate objects.Our research group has successfully fabricated a new class of soft tactile sensors that combines the electroluminescence and photo-sensing modes of multifunctional diodes with a flexible elastomer capable of creating intelligent skin. Using this approach, we now aim to integrate this technology with modern medical, social and industrial robots.In this project you'll investigate the development of a flexible and stretchable smart …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Robotics

Robotic vertical growing system

There are many advantages to a vertical growing system including increased efficiencies with nutrients and water while optimally controlling the growing environment to maximise crop growth and quality.In order to make vertical growing systems more effective, we are looking at designing a robotic vertical growing system which can manage the crop from seedling to harvesting. Managing the crop includes continuously monitoring the growth stages of thee crop, identifying any issues with the health of the crop and then harvesting the …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Estimation and control of networked cyberphysical systems

Cyberphysical systems (CPS) integrate sensors, communication networks, controllers, dynamic processes and actuators. CPS play an increasingly important role in modern society, in areas such as:energytransportationmanufacturinghealthcare.Due to the interplay between control systems, communications and computations, the design of CPS requires novel approaches, which bridge disciplinary boundaries.We're interested in developing engineering science and methods for the analysis and design of CPS operating in closed loop. Our research brings together elements of control systems engineering, as well as telecommunications and reinforcement learning.The current …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Wide field-of-view vision-based aircraft detection

Small to medium-sized fixed-wing unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) have an incredible range of potential applications in civilian operations including:disaster assessmentsearch and rescueenvironmental and infrastructure monitoringremote sensing in agricultureproduct delivery.The national airspace is heavily regulated with strict rules and safety layers that aim to mitigate the risk of mid-air collisions. The final safety layer corresponds to human pilots using their eyes and judgment to avoid potential mid-air collision threats.Sense and avoid (SAA) refers to the implied regulatory requirement that UAVs be …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

The insufficient informativeness of measurements in Bayesian detection problems

Shiryaev's Bayesian Quickest Change Detection (QCD) problem is to detect a change in the statistical problems of an observed process. This is an important signal processing problem with application in a diverse range of areas, including:automatic controlquality controlstatisticstarget detection.Recently a critical deficiency in Shiryaev's QCD problem has been identified to occur due to the insufficient informativeness of measurement in low signal-to-noise (SNR) to overcome geometric prior assumption on the change event.These deficiencies are due to the non-ergodic nature of the …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Automating drone traffic management systems

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) describes a set of systems, services and procedures that will be developed to manage drone (unmanned aircraft systems/unmanned aerial vehicle/remotely piloted aircraft system) operations in and around our cities, including package delivery and inspection tasks and passenger transport.Essentially, UTM is a new air traffic control system for drones with high levels of automation and advanced features. We are developing powerful and scalable technologies that allow thousands of drones to operate safely in our skies.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Photovoltaic systems in e-mobility

It's expected that solar photovoltaics will play an important role in the transformation towards electric mobility, including solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, as well as (partially or fully) solar powered vehicles.Solar panels on the surface of an EV can serve as auxiliary power supply. Lightweight vehicles (e.g. commuter solar cars, cargo bikes, etc.), have the potential to considerably add to the EV's driving range and reduce overall charging needs. However, the integration of photovoltaic (PV) systems into EVs …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Machine learning for wildlife monitoring

This project will investigate methods to monitor wildlife using machine learning applied to aerial imagery.While it's highly desirable to use drones and aerial footage to monitor wildlife, there are substantial challenges created by the nature of the data and target wildlife.This, combined with the vast nature of any collected aerial data, makes manual analysis difficult. This challenge motivates the development of machine learning methods to automatically process data and perform tasks, such as:detecting target animalscounting herd animalsclassifying land useassessing environment …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

Dynamic wireless transfer systems

There's a growing interest by many governments and industry sectors on dynamic wireless power transfer systems for electric vehicle charging. This means there's increased research intensity in this domain. However, there are numerous important issues that need to be addressed carefully, such as:load estimationsensorless vehicle position estimationrobust controlimproved power converter topologies.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

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