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Neuroscience-based algorithms for robotics and autonomous vehicles

Increasingly researchers are looking to neuroscience and the brain for inspiration in how they design their deep learning network architectures for robotics and artificial intelligence tasks.This project will design innovative new neural network-based learning approaches to make breakthroughs in robotic and autonomous vehicle capabilities in:sensingscene understandingnavigationSimultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM)other key capabilities.In doing so you will gain invaluable experience and skills in one of the most exciting fields in the world today, along with opportunities for international travel and collaborations.Our …

Study level
PhD, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Observer-based force sensing using a surgical robot

Performing surgery is a difficult task that pushes surgeons to their mental and physical limits. Automation has been able to successfully reduce the burden on human workers in other industries (e.g. manufacturing) and is expected to be able to do the same for surgeons. Surgical robots are different from most industrial robots as they must be made in a way that makes them able to safely interact with a patient during surgery, which means that the typical methods of automation …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Controlling a surgical robot using a game controller

Many surgical robots, such as the da Vinci robot, are controlled by an operator using complex teleoperation devices. These devices are designed to be easy for a trained surgeon to use, but are not very intuitive for a novice operator.There has been much research recently that suggests that people with gaming experience will be better at controlling surgical robots than surgeons due to having more experience controlling objects via a screen. However, having to learn how to use the current …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Controlling a surgical robot using visual feedback

Performing surgery is a difficult task that pushes surgeons to their mental and physical limits.Automation has been able to successfully reduce the burden on human workers in other industries (e.g. manufacturing) and is expected to be able to do the same for surgeons.Surgical robots are different from most industrial robots as they must be made in a way that makes them able to safely interact with a patient during surgery, which means that the typical methods of automation cannot be …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Robots and Digital Agents in Health and Wellbeing Settings

Increasingly digital agents and robots are playing a role in our health care system. Key questions remain about how people respond to non-human entities in health settings. This program of research aims to explore a range of issues in this space:When do people treat agents and robots as though they are human?Which topics are people comfortable disclosing to digital agents and robots?What features of digital agents and robots make them feel more trustworthy, friendly, believable, etc? …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Place classification for mobile robots

For social robots and service robots to be able to operate effectively 'out of the box' in indoor environments, they must be able to understand the context of those environments without necessarily developing or having access to a complex map.The aim of this project is to develop a visual classifier for the type of rooms encountered in a typical home (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, laundry, etc.), medical facility (hallway, ward, waiting area, treatment room), commercial office environment (personal office, …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Improving visual following for Pepper the social robot

For social robots and service robots to be able to operate effectively around people, they must be able to safely move around in environments where humans and other robots are also moving. Pepper, the social robot from Softbank Robotics is already capable of tracking and following a person, but can get confused if they move out of sight around a corner, or if there are multiple people moving in the robot’s field of view.The aim of this project is to …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Visual understanding of doorways for mobile robots

For social robots and service robots to be able to operate effectively 'out of the box' in indoor environments, they must be able to understand the context of those environments without necessarily developing or having access to a complex map.The aim of this project is to develop a generic understanding of doorways for mobile robots relying only on visual information. We will be using the Pepper robot from Softbank Robotics as a test and demonstration platform. The aim is for …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Phantom for testing of stereotactic arrhythmic radioablation treatment delivery

The therapeutic use of radiation has been increasingly explored as a method of treatment for ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation. In stereotactic arrhythmic radioablation (STAR), small beams of radiation are delivered to an intra-cardiac target volume.Cardiac and respiratory motion from the patient can throw off the accuracy of the beam. To achieve a clinically acceptable dose distribution in surrounding healthy tissue, motion management by real-time imaging may be required: either by moving the beam with the target (tracking) or suspending …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Social robot interaction and interactivity through enhanced verbal/non-verbal communication

Social robots require excellent communication and interaction skills to be able to operate effectively in dynamic social environments. This includes the ability to capture, understand and respond to complex social content given by humans, such as verbal (e.g. semantics, pauses) and non-verbal (e.g. visual cues, body language) information. Therefore, social robots must be able to adjust to individuals on a case by case basis, as well as being able to identify and provide appropriate responses.The aim of this project is …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Digital business models

The ongoing proliferation of a digital lifestyle and the exposure to global innovation raises the expectation level of customers for new products and services. The ongoing technological innovations make this possible, but require digital business models to turn them into viable commercial offerings. This is not only relevant for new (‘born-on-the-web’) companies, but also for traditional companies who run the risk of having their core business disrupted. While some see the technological change coming but struggle with the new business …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Hydrophobic and anti-fogging coatings for better endoscopic imaging

Keyhole surgeries rely on the use of so-called endoscopes that are essentially camera-guided instruments. Surgeons heavily rely on the visual feedback provided by such endoscopes in performing minimally invasive surgeries. However, the image quality provided by such endoscopes is routinely compromised when body fluids and fogging occlude the lens.In this project you will explore the use of novel nanomaterial in the role of hydrophobic and anti-fogging layer towards preventing the vision loss after repeated submersions in synthetic blood and similar …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

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