Heriot-Watt University

University: 
Heriot-Watt University

Fabrication of Small-Scale Untethered Soft Magnetic Robots

Project number: 
120021
To design and fabricate magnetically-actuated miniature soft robots.
Dr. Morteza Amjadi
Heriot-Watt University

Small-scale soft robots have great potentials in bioengineering (e.g., biosensing and cell manipulation) and healthcare (e.g., targeted drug delivery and minimally invasive surgery). Given their soft and untethered nature, such robots can negotiate obstacles, generate complicated manoeuvres, and pass through unstructured environment.

Fabrication of Soft Robotic Electronic Skin (E-Skin)

Project number: 
120020
To design and develop stretchable e-skin for wearable and soft robotic applications, utilising novel digital manufacturing process.
Dr. Morteza Amjadi
Heriot-Watt University

Soft e-skins have recently attracted considerable research interest due to their applications in soft robotics, prosthetics, and artificial skins. Remarkable advances in materials science, nanotechnology, and biotechnology have led to the development of various e-skins capable of detecting different external stimuli, such as strain, pressure, temperature, hydration, and biomarkers.

University: 
Heriot-Watt University
University: 
Heriot-Watt University

Robots Safe and Secure by Construction

Project number: 
400007
Verified implementation of machine-learning components of autonomous systems
Dr. Ekaterina Komendantskaya
Heriot-Watt University

Robotic applications spread to a variety of application domains, from autonomous cars and drones to domestic robots and  personal devices. Each application domain comes with a rich set of requirements such as legal policies, safety and security standards, company values, or simply public perception. They must be realised as verifiable properties of software and hardware. Consider the following policy: a self-driving car must never break the highway code.

Deep Analysis: A Critical Enabler to Certifying Robotic and Autonomous Systems

Project number: 
300007
Develop techniques that assist in certifying robotic and autonomous systems through a deep analysis at the level of requirements, problem worlds and specifications.
Prof. Andrew Ireland
Heriot-Watt University

Safety critical robotic and autonomous systems, such as Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) that operate beyond visual line of sight, require the highest level of certification. Certifiers are concerned with how such systems behave within their environment – as defined by system wide requirements, e.g. compliance with the rules-of-the-air (i.e. SERA).   In contrast, software developer’s focus on specifications - how the system software should behave based upon operational modes and input signals. Many catastrophic system failures, e.g.

3D vision and robotic navigation using Event and Polarisation Cameras

Project number: 
123407
The project will explore the use of emerging imaging modalities such as even and polarisation cameras to perform 3D vision in very dynamic, complex and un-textured environment where classical approaches fail in general.
Prof. Yvan Petillot
Heriot-Watt University

Optical cameras have been very successfully used for 3D vision and robotic navigation in texture rich environments and good visibility conditions. However, they have strong limitations in more complex scenarios where the environment is either very dynamic or visibility is poor. In this thesis, you will explore new sensor modalities and how they can help solve these problems.

Multimodal fusion for large-scale 3D mapping

Project number: 
134001
The project will explore the combination of 3D point clouds with imaging modalities (colour, hyperspectral images) via machine learning and computer graphics to improve the characterization of complex 3D scenes.
Dr. Yoann Altmann
Heriot-Watt University

Lidar point clouds have been widely used to segment large 3D scenes such as urban areas and vegetated regions (forests, crops, …), and to build elevation profiles. However, efficient point cloud analysis in the presence of complex scenes and partially transparent objects (e.g, forest canopy) is still an unsolved challenge.

Shape-Programmable Soft Actuators

Project number: 
120019
The objective of this project is to design and develop soft actuators with programmable motion output.
Dr. Morteza Amjadi
Heriot-Watt University

Soft actuator materials are being actively pursued owing to their importance in soft robotics, artificial muscles, biomimetic devices, and beyond. Electrically-, chemically-, and light-activated actuators are mostly explored soft actuators. Recently, significant efforts have been made to reduce the driving voltage and temperature of thermoresponsive actuators, develop chemical actuators that can function in air, and enhance the energy efficiency of light-responsive actuators.