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Robotics at Salford

The University of Salford grew out of late 19th century institutes that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. Although industry practice have changed, the need for focused education remains as relevant in the 21st century. Today, Salford unites colleagues, students, industry and communities through shared knowledge, learning and innovation. By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships, we lead the way in real-world experiences, preparing students – at all levels - for life.

Selected as the site of the National Advanced Robotics Research Centre in 1987, the University of Salford is one of the leading centres for the advancement of robotics. The Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics (ASAR) Centre at Salford has two decades of experience led by Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Samia Nefti-Meziani. Through our MSc Robotics and Systems Engineering programme, Salford provides a range of study and research opportunities. These include:

Automation for the Food Industry Research

The food industry is labour intensive, and at risk from low wage economies. To enable companies to remain competitive, they must embrace automation. Led by Dr Steve Davis, you will learn how many of the challenges found in the food industry cannot be addressed by conventional automation and how advanced systems and grippers are required.   

Cognition Robotics and Autonomous Systems

"Cognitive Robotics" refers to robots with higher level cognitive functions that involve knowledge representation and reasoning. Led by Prof. Samia Nefti-Meziani and Dr Theo Theodoridis, you will explore robots with cognitive capabilities, and key elements of autonomous systems, such as perception processing, attention allocation, anticipation, planning, reasoning about other agents, and mental state reasoning. Salford currently has several projects working in collaboration with psychologists and neuroscientists from European institutions.

Biologically Inspired Robotics Research

Future robots will move away from operating solely in factories and will interact more closely with humans. This will require a more natural/biological-like human-machine interaction. You will work with new design approaches and learn how they will shape future robotic systems. Dr Steve Davis leads biology-centric research, which covers all areas of biologically-inspired robotics You will learn how they will shape future robotic systems, explore how traditional actuators have many shortcomings and understand how compliance can greatly improve the safety of human robot interaction, particularly when applied in healthcare and rehabilitation applications. 

End-effectors and Robot Hands

Led by Dr Steve Davis, this research area is concerned with the development of advanced end effectors. You will learn how innovative approaches can be used to grasp difficult to handle products. This course will also teach you how multi-fingered dexterous end-effectors, similar to the human hand, can handle a broad range of products, and how these technologies can be used in tele-presence tasks. 

Swarm Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems

This research theme, as led by Prof. S. Nefti Meziani and Dr T. Theodoridis, concerns the development of an Intelligent Collaborative Behaviour using Multi-Agent Systems/robots using novel swarm intelligent techniques. We have introduced the irrationality theory applied in path planning, obstacle avoidance and emergent behaviours, using the Khepera robots (K-Team) and the Webots simulator.  You will study and implement intelligent algorithms, which can be used for simulating viscoelastic behaviours for particle systems. Other relevant areas you can study include crowd behaviour modelling, space and security robotics, and swarm and cognitive agents. 

Uninhabited Autonomous Systems/Air Vehicles (UAS/UAV)

Prof. Samia. Nefti Meziani, Dr Anthony. Jones, and Dr Edmund. Chadwick lead the research into how uninhabited autonomous systems (UAS) cope with unscripted procedures when conducting a mission where commands are issued at high levels of abstraction. Based on human-centric needs with the ability to perform tasks in accordance with instructions which lack adequate 'terms of reference', you will work in autonomous systems that involve humans-in-the-loop.

Further study and career progression

Graduates can expect to find employment in a wide range range of industries. Robotics and Embedded Systems are continuously developing topics that present many career opportunities in areas such as embedded systems design, robotic design, control systems design and integration, engineering management and research.

Globally, a postgraduate research qualification is a prerequisite for an academic career, and several of our alumni are now senior academics working in robotics at Universities and research centres throughout the world. Many of our graduates advance to further study in areas which are closely-linked with this programme, such as autonomous, control and intelligent systems.  We nurture and maintain strong links between research alumni and their host research group and supervisor, so that the University can become part of the developing professional network that our alumni take forward into their future careers.

Selected as the site of the National Advanced Robotics Research Centre in 1987, the University of Salford is one of the leading centres for the advancement of robotics. The Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics (ASAR) Centre at Salford has two decades of experience led by Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Samia Nefti-Meziani.

The Centre has a long history of providing training and now hosts the largest international industrial sponsored postgraduate programme with Siemens in Robotics and Automation in the UK (approx. 100 students). The research centre has strong links throughout industry in all areas of robotics and systems engineering. These include large multinationals such as Airbus, BAE, Festo and ABB, to name just a few, through to small SMEs working in related fields. The centre also has links with public sector organisations such as the NHS, fire and police service. The these links enable our students to work on real world problems potentially leading to their research being applied by industry.


Visit the Robotics and Systems Engineering (MSc) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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