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Autonomous Systems and Robotics research centre

Research projects

  1. Intelligent Automation: TSB, Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (50%) Co-Investigators: S Davis (50%)
  2. Sustainable Manufacturing through Robotics Training in Europe (SMART-E): EC (Framework), £3,384,629.00, Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (80%) Co-Investigators: S Davis (10%), P Scarf (10%).
  3. Adaptive control of large scale UAV: Ukraine Ministry of Education, £4,000.00. Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (80%) Co-Investigators: S Davis (10%), A Jones (10%).
  4. GAMMA: Growing Autonomous System Mission Management Applications: Regional Growth Fund, £156,137.00. Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (75%). Co-Investigators: S Davis (10%), A Jones (10%).
  5. EPSRC £345,887.00 (2010) - Challenging established rules for train control through a fault tolerance approach: The main objective of this project is to develop a fault tolerant approach to the design and operation of the rail network. The dynamic routing using the new Swarm Intelligence techniques which combine multi-objective optimisation with safety/risk management is considered for the development.
  6. EPSRC - Academic fellowship - S.Nefti (PI £125,000) (2004) - The portal for projects and communities in the virtual organisation domain (VE-Forum): This project is an instrument to incubate a self-sustaining community, which is based on the principles of voluntary professional associations and academic communities. The role of the consortium is to activate the community and facilitate self-organisation. My deliverable was the use of fuzzy clustering for documents categorization.
  7. ASTREA - S.Nefti (PI £30,000) (2008) : This project is carried out as a part of ASTRAEA T7 (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment) which is a key UK programme (£32 million) that aims to strengthen further the UK's pedigree in UAV technology. The new clustering method developed in the Robotic centre (IEEE trans on FS) is used to categorize test cases for the handling of fuel system failure events within an open architecture.
  8. CogSys'08 DC - S.Nefti (PI £30,000) (2008): Funding for organizing the European workshop on cognitive systems, this is considered as an official event of the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems http://www.eucognition.org/official.htm.
  9. NovelQ FP6 - Novel processing methods for the production and distribution of high quality and safe foods, EC (Framework) £71,725.00: The main objective of this EU-funded Integrated Project 'NovelQ' is to develop and successfully demonstrate eco-friendly novel processing technologies.
  10. FascinatE, EC (Framework), £402,754.00. Principal Investigator: B Shirley (60%). Co-Investigators: F Li (20%), I Drumm (20%).
  11. Building acoustics engagement: a touring, singing building, EPSRC, £223,430.00. Principal Investigator: I Drumm (100%).
  12. IMPRINtS - Internet and Mobile technologies for a Public Role In Noise Surveying, EPSRC, £178,834.00. Principal Investigator: I Drumm (90%). Co-Investigator: T Cox (10%).
  13. Soundscapes, DEFRA, £44,595.00. Principal Investigator: W Davies (60%). Co-Investigators: I Drumm (5%), T Cox (5%), M Adams (30%).
  14. Soft Actuators for Biomimetic Systems: This project involved the development of a new pneumatic actuator and included electrical and mechanical design, programming, data acquisition, sensing, pneumatic systems and mathematical modelling.Robo-Erectus - A Biologically Inspired Robotic Primate: An EPSRC public awareness project aimed at increasing enthusiasm for engineering among young people through the development of a full sized robot gorilla. The project involved producing the robot and allowing children to programme it as well as visiting schools, exhibitions and appearing on television.
  15. The Grasping Challenge, Anatomy of Dexterity: Another EPSRC public awareness project with the same aims involving the production of an interactive robot hand exhibit for permanent display at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit was in place for 18 months. This project involved the study and replication of the structure and motion of the human hand.
  16. Flexible Automation in the Food Industry Project: This project involved visiting 20+ food companies and showing them the benefits of automation. This was achieved through one or more of the following methods, reports, 3D computer simulations, practical demonstrations and the development of prototype mechanisms and machines.
  17. Micro Metal Hydride Actuators: This EPSRC project explored the use of Metal Hydrides as a form of actuator. A Metal Hydrides absorbs and desorbs hydrogen when heated and cooled. This project used this property to raise and lower the pressure inside a miniature pneumatic cylinder with the aim of producing a micro actuator.
  18. Centre for Food Robotics and Automation (CenFRA): CenFRA has been established to provide food companies across the Northern Way with assistance and advice on automation. This involved visiting 25+ food companies and producing reports highlighting areas where there is potential for automation. It also required the production of project proposals to generate longer term collaborations between CenFRA and the food companies.