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Autonomous Systems and Robotics research centre

Autonomous Systems and Robotics

The centre's activities originated in 1987 when the University of Salford was chosen as the site of the United Kingdom's National Advanced Robotics Research Centre. Since then Robotics researchers have been at the forefront of strategic national developments initiated by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as well as international developments within the EU. The Centre has hosted two government sponsored EPSRC networks in Robotics and Food Automation.

The centre houses a multidisciplinary group led by Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani with interests in autonomous systems and robotics and their constituent technologies. The group has strong national and international links with both industry and other research institutes. Our projects are closely linked with manufacturing and industrial partners, particularly in the Aerospace and Food sectors.

The core group of researchers in the laboratory includes over a dozen graduate students and three senior academic research members. This centre holds the academic (national and international) Master programmes in Robotics and Automation and Embedded systems.

Working with us 

The Centre is always keen to hear from students and researchers interested in robotics and autonomous systems at the University of Salford. Please do contact us if you would like to work with us. For further details on current and recent vacancies, please see our vacancies page.

We are currently advertising a funded post for a Research Fellow in Soft Robotic Manipulators. This researcher will be working on a feasibility study funded by the EPSRC Centre for Intelligent Automation, working on the project: 'Soft, safe and variable stiffness continuum manipulators for intelligent automation'. See further details of the vacancy here. (Deadline 30 August 2014)

Current Major Projects 

The Marie Curie Initial Training Network, SMART-E (Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training in Europe), coordinated by the University of Salford, has launched a new European research and training programme on Advanced Robotics under the European Union programme FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN with a total budget of approximately €4 million. SMART-E will develop a leading European Doctoral Training programme, training 15 high calibre Researchers in the areas of Dexterous, Soft and Compliant Robotics in Manufacturing; Reconfigurable and Logistics Robotics; and Safety & Human Robot Interaction.

Coordinated by Prof Samia Nefti-Meziani, SMART-E brings together a team of world-renowned experts in robotics from leading universities in the UK, Germany, Italy and Switzerland ((University of Salford, University of Sheffield, Technical University of Munich, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italian Institute of Technology,University of Zurich) and a world leading manufacturers and end users of Automation in the Aerospace and Food sectors including FESTO, AIRBUS and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). The team is supported by a number of additional leading Universities, research laboratories and industries as associated partners.

For more details please visit the SMART-E website

The Autonomous Systems & Robotics Research Centre holds the leading role in Autonomous mission planning and management, task allocation, hybrid optimisation, and intelligent decision making in the GAMMA Programme (Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications).

Lead Partners in this programme include North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) and BAE Systems, together with the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, UCLAN, Liverpool (including the Virtual Engineering Centre), and National Nuclear Laboratories.

GAMMA is a three year £9.1 million Autonomous Systems programme aimed at driving SME engagement and developing technology within the emerging autonomous systems markets. GAMMA technology areas of interest include data management, image processing, sensing and communication and mission planning and management.

For more details please visit the GAMMA website