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Robot Skill Learning in Constrained Environments

PGR-P-1087

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Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Project start date
Monday 10 January 2022
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Yanlong Huang
Schools
School of Computing
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The PhD project will focus on robot skill learning in constrained environments, e.g., manipulation under various constraints arising from robots and external environments. Specifically, the state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms will be leveraged to facilitate the learning (e.g., imitation learning/reinforcement learning/deep learning) of robot motor skills.<br /> <br /> The earliest start date for this project will be 10 January 2022.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The goal of this project aims at endowing robots with versatile skills in a user-friendly and data-efficient way so as to enable&nbsp;them to work in highly dynamical scenarios, which demand, for example, skill generalization, contact constraints, obstacle avoidance, manipulation in cluttered environments, and human-robot interaction.<br /> &nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Your planned course of of study will be <em><strong>PhD Computing</strong></em>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <strong><em>Robot Skill Learning in Constrained Environments</em></strong> as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/computing/staff/8178/dr-yanlong-huang">Dr Yanlong Huang</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in writing and at least 6.0 in reading, listening and speaking or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>Self-funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding the application procedure, please contact Doctoral College Admissions:<br /> e: <a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr. Yanlong Huang by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Y.L.Huang@leeds.ac.uk">Y.L.Huang@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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