Research areas within the CDT include Mobile Autonomy; Manipulation and Soft Robotics; Sensing and Perception; Fleet Management; Human-Robot Collaboration; Robot Vision; Robot Learning; Robotic Mapping; Robot Task Planning; Robot Navigation; Swarm Robotics; Human-Robot Interaction; Systems Integration; Agri-Robotics; Food Manufacturing.
All of these topics may be applied to a diverse range of real-world challenges, from soil preparation, seeding, monitoring, scouting, weeding, spraying, selective harvesting and on-site grading, through to food processing, manufacturing and supply chain optimisation.
For further details on the research areas, groups and facilities available to students at the different partner institutes in the CDT, including members of the MSc delivery team and potential PhD supervisors, please refer to the following links:
University of Lincoln
- Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems, Isaac Newton Building, UoL (robotics laboratories, computing and engineering laboratories);
- Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology, Riseholme Campus, UoL (agri-robotics field centre, demonstration farm, robotic fruit farm);
- National Centre for Food Manufacturing, UoL (experimental food factory and centre for robotics and automation, conference centre);
- Further resources at Lincoln include Thorvald field robots, robotic manipulators (Franka, Kuka, ABB, Rethink), autonomous forklift trucks, mobile robots, etc.
University of Cambridge
- Department of Engineering (Information Engineering), University of Cambridge (Bio-Inspired Robotics Laboratory, Dyson Centre for Engineering Design, Observatory for Human-Machine Collaboration);
- Department of Engineering (Institute for Manufacturing), University of Cambridge (manufacturing research and education facility including robotics);
- Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge
- Further resources at Cambridge include High Performance Computing services, robotic manipulators (Universal, Rethink, ST-Robotics), 3d printers and motion capture system.
University of East Anglia
- School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia;
- Norwich Research Park and the Earlham Institute;
- Further resources at the University of East Anglia can be found within the High Performance Computing; department, and other facilities are available within the Faculty of Sciences.
Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry (robotic manipulators, mobile robots, flexible manufacturing cells).