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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Research Fellow in Bioinspired Control for Autonomous Systems in City Infrastructure, Leeds, UK

Research Fellow in Bioinspired Control for Autonomous Systems in City Infrastructure

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a 
background in bioinspired control?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading 
research intensive Universities?

The University of Leeds has been awarded a substantial EPSRC grant to explore the use of robots 
and autonomous systemsin city infrastructure. The 5-year project commenced on 4 January 2016. The 
team is formed of a consortium of the Universities of Leeds (lead), Birmingham, UCL and Southampton.

The research you will conduct is two-fold:

-        to design and test algorithms for navigation and task performance of individual robots 
in physically realistic 3D simulation environments; to test selected algorithms in physical 
prototypes and realistic environments;

-        to design and test algorithms for collaborative, centralised or distributed task 
performance in physically realistic simulation environments and to test selected algorithms 
in physical prototypes.
Both of the above will include fundamental research into and experimentation with selected 
reactive and deliberative strategies, and where possible, incorporating bioinspired elements 
(for sensing, actuation, decision making learning and/or optimisation). A workflow is envisioned 
in which the choice of robot design (embodiment and mechanics, sensors and actuators) will affect 
the control algorithm and vice versa. 

Holding a PhD in Computer Science or a closely allied discipline of physics or engineering, 
you will have an enthusiastic, proactive attitude to your research and make a positive 
contribution to the multidisciplinary team of researchers working on this project.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Netta Cohen, School of Computing

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6789 or email:

Professor Anthony Cohn, School of Computing

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5482 or email:

Further information and to apply, see:

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the 
Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. 
Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.

Location:             Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:                Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:               School of Computing
Category:            Research
Grade:   Grade 7
Salary:   £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Contract Type:   Fixed Term (24 months (Fixed funding))
Closing Date:      Sunday 26 March 2017
Reference:          ENGCP1043