OC Robotics has been granted an award for an Industrial CASE Studentship to research intelligent skins for snake-arm robots.
The aim of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded studentships is to enable companies to define and arrange research projects with an academic partner of their choice. The company receives high-calibre research relevant to the business and the student gains valuable experience in industry whilst obtaining a PhD.
OC Robotics' Award is to work with the University of Bath in the area of artificial skins for snake-arm robots. The student will research and develop embedded sensor technology that can be incorporated into a low cost rugged flexible skin that will cover the complete robot. The objective of the skin is to provide a barrier between the arm and the environment, for the benefit of both. OC Robotics requires the ability to sense the presence of obstacles, by touch or proximity. The student will also explore the measurement and control of temperature, the sensing of chemicals, and any environmental changes that are relevant to the end user. End users of snake-arm technology currently include the UK MOD and the US DOD.
Monday, September 4, 2006