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Machine Learning Based Human-Robot Shared Control

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Bristol BS8 1TH, UK

Job Type

Full Time

Summary of Project

In most of the current robotic systems, teleoperation dominates the mainstream and is the major form of control. However, most of the tasks contain a lot of relatively simple but repetitive sub-tasks, which brings substantial burdens to the operator. Therefore, it is necessary to bring autonomy to current robotic systems. For safety considerations, human-in-the-loop control is necessary. In this case, we aim to build a machine learning-based human-robot shared control framework, which can automate some of the sub-tasks via deep imitation learning or deep reinforcement learning.

Manual control mode is incorporated in the shared control framework to ensure that humans can take over the whole operation process at any time, while some of the sub-tasks can be performed autonomously. Thus, the strengths of the humans' judgments and the robot intelligence are combined to provide reliable and efficient control.


Academic criteria:  A first-class undergraduate degree or a master degree.  

Applicants will also need to meet the University’s English Language requirements by obtaining an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each skills component.

Desirable Applicants will have:

• Strong programming skills

• Solid skills in theoretical analysis

• Strong communication skills in oral and written English

• Interest in autonomous robotics, machine learning, computer vision


Dr. Dandan Zhang, Prof. Nathan Lepora

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