[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Soft robotics research fellow post available at the University of Salford

Dawson Laura Marie L.M.Dawson at salford.ac.uk
Mon Aug 4 03:11:29 PDT 2014

Dear all,

The Centre for Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics<http://www.salford.ac.uk/computing-science-engineering/research/autonomous-systems-and-robotics> at the University of Salford is currently recruiting a Research Fellow to work on an EPSRC funded feasibility study in soft robotics. Please share this information with any promising candidates interested in a postdoctoral robotics post in the UK.

Soft, safe and variable stiffness continuum manipulators for intelligent automation

Industrial robots are primarily used as tools in long production runs, typically performing single manufacturing operations. Whilst every manufacturing sector has its own specific requirements they all face shared challenges including handling flexible materials, human machine interaction and cooperation, and task variability and flexibility.

This feasibility study will investigate the development of a 'soft' pneumatic muscle based robotic manipulator that can work in close cooperation with humans but is also able to achieve a higher level of accuracy through the ability to adjust its stiffness. The continuum based manipulator will operate in a low stiffness mode when moving at speed or close to people to ensure minimal force transfer should collision occur; but will switch to a stiffer configuration when operating at low speed and when high accuracy is required.

Two approaches will be used and compared to implement this variable stiffness. The first will physically relocate the actuators within the manipulator during operation with different actuator locations leading to variation in the stiffness of the manipulator. The second method will develop a unique power system which combines pneumatic operation with a low pressure hydraulic mode of operation.

The primary objectives of the research fellow will be to:

*             Design continuum manipulator which allows actuator locations to be adjusted
*             Design prototype manipulator for pneumatic-hydraulic (liquid-gas) use
*             Design and build stiffness testing rig
*             Demonstrate manipulator in low and high stiffness modes
*             Prepare final report and future grant proposal

For further information, please see the job advert (https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?amNvZGU9MTQyNjA5NyZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05MTkmb3duZXI9NTAzNjMyOCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQmcmVxc2lnPTE0MDY3OTU5MDAtNmE1MDlmOTkyZTNkZmI2MzkwYzExYzU4ZjUwZGNjNWQ2YTk3NWE3MQ&jcode=1426097&vt_template=919&owner=5036328&ownertype=fair&brand_id=0&posting_code=224&reqsig=1406795900-6a509f992e3dfb6390c11c58f50dcc5d6a975a71). The deadline for applications is 31 August 2014. If you have any questions, please contact me.


Laura Dawson
Project Manager |  Research Centre for Autonomous Systems and Robotics
School of Computing, Science and Engineering
UG11 Newton Building, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT
l.m.dawson at salford.ac.uk<mailto:n.audren at salford.ac.uk> | www.salford.ac.uk<http://www.salford.ac.uk/>

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