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Robot Control
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This research area focuses on the design, development and implementation of control systems for wheeled mobile robots and robotic manipulators in order to enhance their capabilities through increased levels of accuracy and autonomy. Control algorithms developed in the department include algorithms for trajectory tracking of mobile robots in conjunction with obstacle avoidance, as well as novel neural network-based algorithms for stochastic-adaptive dynamic control of mobile robots where the controller estimates the nonlinear dynamics of the robot in real-time, so that it can maneuver successfully even in those situations when these are uncertain or time-varying. In contrast to other adaptive controllers hitherto proposed for mobile robots, these algorithms fuse estimation and control via the concept of dual-adaptive control that leads to improved performance.



The PowerBot mobile Robot 


    Robotic Manipulators available in the labarotatories


Further research in this area includes the investigation of various Simultaneous-Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms to enable a wheeled mobile robot to build a map of its environment while simultaneously and continuously estimating its location within this map. Both passive and active SLAM algorithms have been considered via simulations and physical experiments using PowerBot, a commercial mobile robot available in our laboratory, that is fitted with several high-end sensors including a laser range-finder and sonar belt.  The department also conducts research projects on trajectory control of robotic manipulators based on visual feedback through camera inputs, as well as active collaboration with colleagues at the University of Le Havre in France on the design of visual-tracking control algorithms for mobile robots.

Public talk by Prof Didier Theilliol


Public talk on fault-tolerant control with applications to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by Professor Didier Theilliol from the University of Lorraine, France. More details here.

SCE 10th Year Anniversary


Reception held in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the Department of Systems and Control Engineering. Click here for more information.

PhD Scholarship in Computer Vision


The Department of Systems and Control Engineering is accepting applications for the post of a PhD student to work in collaboration with WildEye. Click here for more information.

Funding Award for WildEye


Research funding awarded to the SCE Department under the FUSION Technology Development Programme (TDP) 2017.

Funding Award for BrainApp


CBC awarded research funding under the FUSION Technology Development Programme (TDP) 2017.

Closing date for MSc course applications


The deadline for late applications for the MSc in Signals, Systems and Control is the 31st August 2017. Click here for more information.

TVM news feature


News feature on the work currently being carried out by our PhD student Ms Rachael Nicole Darmanin, supervised by Dr Ing. Marvin Bugeja. Link here.

PhD scholarships at University of Sheffield, UK


Please click here for more information.

Postdoctoral Position in Robotics and Control


Postdoctoral Position at the University of Le Havre in France. Click here for more information.

MSc by Research - Call for Expression of Interest


The Department of Systems and Control Engineering and the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics are seeking students who are interested in pursuing studies leading to an MSc in Engineering degree (mainly by research) on any of the topics detailed here.

Postdoctoral Research Position in EEG


[CLOSED] Postdoctoral Research Position in EEG Signal Processing with the Centre for Bionedical Cybernetics. Click here for more information.

Last Updated: 5 March 2014

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