Agent Based Cyber-Physical-Devices towards Symbiotic Assembly Systems PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
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Application deadline:
30 January 2018



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Project detail

The assembly domain in recent years has been under pressure to deliver highly adaptable and quickly deployable solutions. This is due to the current unpredictability of markets and shorter product lifecycles. Current approaches to deal with these needs require high labour making it economically inviable in markets with high labour cost. In order to address these challenges, there is a need for a “Plug and Produce” assembly system approach that encompasses the human element to create the next generation of assembly environments, Symbiotic Assembly Systems.

The aim of this research project is to enable such vision through the creation of agent-based self-aware Cyber-Physical-Devices that are able to interact, with both other components and humans, to deliver assembly system solutions. The scope of the work is to enhance the existing control approaches for mechatronic agents, in order to achieve symbiotic and robust collaborations, making systems easily adaptable and targeting zero down time. Additionally, the project will investigate how to ensure that performance of systems does not degrade in relation to traditional systems.


Primary supervisor: Pedro Ferreira

Secondary supervisor: Niels Lohse

Find out more

For further project details email Pedro Ferreira or register your interest and ask us a question.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, operations management, computer science, applied mathematics or a related subject.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:

  • Industry 4.0
  • Internet of Things
  • Software skills, namely java, C#, etc.
  • Good communication skills.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: PF06112017