Postgraduate Research Opportunity-Multi-robot collaboration

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Postgraduate Research Opportunity

Athlone Institute of Technology seeks applications for a co-funded PhD by research between the Science Foundation Ireland Confirm Research Centre and a multinational Industry Partner.

Duration: 48 months

Location: Athlone Institute of Technology

Competition open to all suitably qualified candidates

Project Title: Multi-robot collaboration

Job Description:

Project Title: Multi-robot collaboration

Job Description:

Science Foundation Ireland ( recently approved funding for a dedicated research centre in the Smart Manufacturing. The Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing ( is a research centre based at the University of Limerick with partner institutions Athlone Institute of Technology (, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology. The Centre, which is co-funded from industry, brings together 42 industry partners and 16 international manufacturing centres of excellence to focus on the development of smart manufacturing for applications across Ireland’s leading industrial sectors. Confirm’s ambition is to become a world leader in smart manufacturing research and to enable Irish industry to fundamentally transform to a smart manufacturing ecosystem, delivering measurable and visible economic impact to Ireland. The successful candidate will work with a world-class team of academics, researchers and industry partners in a highly innovative and motivated environment.

As part of this industry co-funded PhD by Research, the successful applicant will develop artificial intelligence algorithms to enable autonomous robots coordination and collaboration. Multi-robot system consists of a team of robots aiming to finish a task collectively. Multi-robot systems outperforms single robot systems from various perspectives, e.g. being able to solve more complicated tasks, increasing productivities, and reducing the production line footprints. A key challenge in multi-robot coordination is the task allocation problem, i.e. assigning robots to sub-tasks to achieve the optimal performance subject to the constraints. Another challenge is to avoid collision if the workspaces of adjacent robots are overlapped (collaboration). High speed pick and place tasks are one example of the multiple robot coordination problem, where a robot team works together to minimize the number of objects on the conveyor.

The successful candidate will join an AIT confirm team of approximately 15 researchers and will have access to expertise in the wider €47 Million Confirm centre. The study is one of five PhD programmes co-sponsored by an Irish based multinational company who will assist in directing the projects.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience Necessary/Any Other Requirements:

First or high second (2.1) class honours degree in Computer Science or a related discipline. Minimum IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 (for students with a degree from a non-English-speaking country. The candidate must be highly self-motivated and passionate about a career as a researcher.

Stipend: €18,500 per annum.

Please note:

Informal Enquiries to: Name:  Dr Brian Lee 

Department: Software Research Institute / Computer & Software Engineering

Email address:

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 17.00 on July 30th 2019.




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