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Project 3.2: Design Factors: Integrated design of Collaborative Robots, Products & Manufacturing Environments

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Design Factors: Integrated Design of Collaborative Robots, Products, and Manufacturing Environment

The ultimate goal of this PhD project is to support companies in implementing collaborative robots (cobots). A key focus is on exploring socio-technical interdependencies between cobot, products to be manipulated, and the manufacturing workplaces. This will help to identify how products and workplaces affect the choice and design of a cobot, and how those need to be adjusted to best accommodate the new cobot.

Aside from developing a suitable approach to model and analyse these interdependencies, the new industrial cobot cell at UTS will allow for testing and evaluating insights in the context of different use cases. This will also contribute to the central goal of the cobot cell research to turn a traditional industrial robot (Kuka KR600) into a collaborative one.

Depending on the PhD candidate’s background, the specific focus and approach of the PhD project will be discussed.

The PhD student will also be a member of the UTS Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and play an active role within a dynamic team of peers as well as experienced researchers.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Engineering design, engineering management, systems engineering, or mechatronics background
  • Experience in working both, on the technical system as well as on overarching engineering management issues
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to drive projects and take responsibility for outcomes

Associated Researchers

Jochen Deuse

Associate Director (Industry Engagement)
University of Technology Sydney
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Glenda Caldwell

Research Program Co-lead (Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Anjali Tumkur Jaiprakash

Chief Investigator
Queensland University of Technology
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Alan Burden

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems program))
Queensland University of Technology
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