The sense of touch is an essential modality that allow humans to interact with environment and people. New generation of robots such as humanoids, bio-robots, social robots, assisting and medical robots, expected to operate in the dynamic and unstructured environment and in collaboration with humans, must exhibit advanced forms of interaction. For the above reasons it is of utmost importance to provide them with adequate touch sensing capability which can play a fundamental role in enhancing perceptual, cognitive and operative capabilities of robots.
The proposed studentship is related to provide robots with sense of touch. This requires to investigate the following areas:
The successful applicant will become member of the Oxford Robotics Institute and will be supervised by Professor Perla Maiolino. The exact research topic will be defined through discussion between student and supervisor, but it will cover one or more aspects described in the above areas.
The studentship is available to UK only.
University tuition fees are covered at the level set for UK, as are Oxford Course Fees (c. £7,730 in total p.a.). The stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) is c. £14,777 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two and a half years.
Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:
The following skills are desirable but not essential:
Candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria. Details are available on the course page of the University website.
Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Perla Maiolino.
Please quote 19ENGINF_PM in all correspondence, and in your application.
12 noon UK time on Friday 25th January 2019
Typically October 2019