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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD studentship on emergent self-organisation in multi-robot systems, University of Wales, Newport

http://www3.newport.ac.uk/jobs/displayJob.aspx?job_id=132

This studentship is funded by the EPSRC as a part of project EP/E061982/1 'Defying the rules: How self-regulatory social systems work'.  The project is a collaborative, trans-disciplinary effort that, in addition to the Roboticists at the University of Wales, Newport, include Physicists from Imperial College, London, Social Scientists from the University of Hull and Biologists from the University of West of England.
 
The aim of the research project is two-fold:
 i. To identify generic rules, feedback and context that allow systems to develop and reach sustainability
  through self-regulation.
 ii. To improve the performance and robustness in the organisation of the social systems such as community regeneration and automated manufacturing.
 
The project will develop a conceptual and theoretical framework for self-regulatory social systems based on experimental and observational data from biological, artificial and human social systems.  By omparing the artificial, biological and human social systems, the project will increase the understanding of each of the three different systems.  The framework will be tested through implementation of programmes for community regeneration and demonstrations of increased performance in collaborative systems for automated manufacturing.
The research will involve an extensive literature review on a trans-disciplinary view of emergence and complex systems with a particular focus on emergence in multi-robot systems.  The work will also include the development and testing of new control algorithms for multi-robot systems inspired by the theoretical framework developed within the project.
 
The student will be based at the Universitys Allt-yr-yn Campus in Newport but there will be significant amounts of liaising with the other project partners in Bristol, London and Hull.
 
Applications are sought for this position from candidates who already have a good Bachelor degree (2.1 or above) or Masters degree in the following disciplines: Computer Science/Engineering, Software Engineering or Robotics.
 
The closing date for aplications is 15 June 2007.
 
Further details are also available from the University web-site http://www3.newport.ac.uk/jobs/displayJob.aspx?job_id=132 and through informal enquiries to the project leader Dr Torbjorn Dahl, email: torbjorn.dahl@newport.ac.uk.  Requests for an application form should be made to Deborah Pascoe, Administrator Research, Department of Computing either by email: deborah.pascoe@newport.ac.uk, telephone 01633 432152.