- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Dr Han Fang and Dr Chengxu Zhou
- Research groups/institutes
- Cities and Infrastructure, Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation, Materials and Structures
This project will investigate and develop robot motion planning techniques and robot-to-robot collaboration for structural assembly in infrastructure construction. Infrastructure construction is one of the largest industry sectors in many countries around the world. This industry sector contributes not only over 100 billion pounds per annum to the UK economy, but also the required infrastructures to ensure the efficient operation of the society and the high standard of living. The current practice in infrastructure industry primarily relies on manual handling and faces the challenges of increasing labour costs and labour shortage, which limit the productivity and cost-efficiency of the infrastructure construction. Since construction activities are relatively repetitive, robotic construction based on advanced digital and robot technologies offers the opportunity to transform the conventional practice into automatic construction, which is more productive, accurate and economical. Besides, the robotic construction can also effectively eliminate the risks of accidents and improve the safety management. <br /> To realise the robotic assembly for automatic infrastructure construction, you will conduct research to develop effective motion planning with the assistance of digital technologies for robotic assembly of infrastructure elements. The research involves algorithm developments and the validation through experimenting with the robots and digital tools in the laboratory. Furthermore, the robot-to-robot collaboration techniques will also be developed to realise the more effective and efficient assembly using multiple robots compared with the construction that uses only one robot at a time. A programmed model or platform will be developed and validated in experiments to allow the multi-robot assembly for typical structural elements used in infrastructures. <br /> For the project, you are expected to have good knowledge in Civil or Mechanical Engineering, be open to advanced modelling, digital and AI technologies and interested in research using robots. You will also benefit from the research resources, such as the Robotic@Leeds laboratory and various fund and award schemes, at the University of Leeds.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is INSERT PROJECT TITLE HERE as well as NAME OF SUPERVISOR AS LINK TO PROFILE as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>
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<p><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/209-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2022">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/234-leeds-opportunity-research-scholarship-2022">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants (open from October 2023). <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> –The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China (open from October 2023). The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important: </strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not</strong> covered under these studentships.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>
<p>For furthert information related to the project, please contact Dr. Han Fang at <a href="mailto:H.Fang1@leeds.ac.uk">H.Fang1@leeds.ac.uk</a> </p> <p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions<br /> e: <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p>