PhD in Engineering: Intuitive Human-Robot Collaboration in Unstructured Environments
|Application deadline||2 July 2019|
|Start date||October 2018, January 2019, April 2019 or July 2019|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
|Number of studentships||One|
Intuitive interaction is an important aspect of human-robot collaboration.
Recently, the use of image schemas has been proposed as a means for exploring user experience and intuitive interaction. An image schema is a dynamic pattern of organism-environment interaction that gives understanding to experience emanating from human bodily interaction with the physical world. Image schemas satisfy the two basic prerequisites for intuitive interaction: previous knowledge and subconscious processing.
A recent study has linked users’ experiences to the specific image schemas employed to complete a task. This method allows qualitative and quantitative evaluation of designs by identifying specific image schemas and product design features that have been positively or negatively received by the users. This allows user experience to be assessed in a systematic way, which leads to a better understanding of the value associated with particular design features.
Project aims and methods
The project aims to develop advanced mechanisms for intuitive interaction, which enable genuine synergy between a human and a robot and lead to increased productivity, improved efficiency and enhanced user experience. The innovative aspects of this projects are:
- linking intuitive interaction expressed via gaze, gestures and body movements with image schemas
- human motion intention recognition and prediction using gaze, gestures, emotion and monitoring physiological parameters, which can be used as markers for early symptoms of negative emotion and job strain.
You are expected to produce high quality journal articles for scientific publication during the course of your PhD and would be expected to participate and present your research in international conferences.
Research training environment
You will benefit from an excellent research training environment provided by the High-Value Manufacturing group led by Professor Rossi Setchi. The research will be conducted at the Autonomous Systems and Robotics Lab, which is equipped with advanced robots (Care-O-Bot 4.0, Kuka IWA, YouBots, turtle bots) and equipment for intuitive interaction (e.g. Emotive, Smart Eye).
Professor of High-Value Manufacturing
Deputy Head of School, Director of Research
|Tuition fee support||Other|
|Maintenance stipend||The PhD studentship is self-funded for a period of 4 years. Some funding might be made available for attending international conferences, travel and research consumables.|
|Residency||Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)|
You are expected to fulfil the following criteria in order to be considered for this position:
Please apply to the PhD in Engineering with a start date of October 2018, January 2019, April 2019 or July 2019.
In the “Research Proposal and Funding” section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.
Please include a CV as a supporting document with your application.
Applications will be accepted all year round until a suitable candidate is found.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.