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RoboRoyaleROBOtic Replicants for Optimizing the Yield by Augmenting Living Ecosystems

Funded by the European Union H2020-FETOPEN, 2021-2026

Coordinated by the University of Manchester, UK (€3.2M)

Swarm & Computational Intelligence Lab

Partners: 

  1. University of Graz, Austria

  2. Czech Technical University, Czechia

  3. Middle East Technical University, Turkey

 

The project aims to create a micro-robotic system that will support the well-being of the queen honeybee to improve its reproductivity leading to healthier bee colonies. Such an improvement in the health of honeybees, a keystone species that play a key role in pollination, is likely to contribute positively to the Earth’s ecosystem stability.

RobocoenosisROBOts in cooperation with a bioCOENOSIS

Funded by the European Union H2020-FETOPEN, 2020-2025

Coordinated by the University of Graz, Austria (€3M)

Artificial Life Lab of the Institute of Biology

Partners: 

  1. The University of Manchester, UK

  2. Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy

  3. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

The Project Robocoenosis seeks to introduce a novel paradigm of “life form in the loop” which will allow the development of new types of complex bio-hybrid entities, putting together different living organisms and technological elements using a symbiotic/mutualistic method.

Combining Engineering and Ecology to Transform Insect Surveillance Capabilities

Manchester-Melbourne Research Fund (£5k + AU$10k) 2021-2022

Partners: 

  1. The University of Manchester, UK

  2. University of Melbourne, Australia
     

Here we aim to apply microsensor technology to develop a monitoring and tracking system to solve ongoing and emerging issues concerning insect dispersal, ecology and population control. This project will focus on a proof-of-concept approach by labelling Australian meat ants to track movement, dispersal and social interactions.

Development of a Semi-automated controller for MSM system

KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships)

Funded by the Innovate UK (Forth Engineering Ltd(£340k)

2021-2023

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Hamid Enayatollahi

Development of a Debris Clearance Vehicle for Limited Access Environments

Funded by the EPSRC and Industry Partner (Forth Engineering Ltd(£200k)

2019-2021

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Pengzhi Li

Autonomous Control of Cleaning Robots

Funded by the EPSRC and Industry Partner (TPLC Ltd(£199k)

2019-2021

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Junyan Hu