We have a number of new PhD studentships available

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (£15,009 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees). Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible. The PhDs are to start in October 2019.

These are in the following areas:

Projects are available for PhD research (three years full time, six years part time). Our research students will be based in Adaptive Systems Research Group and the Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Team based in the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research (CCSIR). Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent in the REF 2014, with 50% of the research submitted rated as internationally excellent or world leading.

The University of Hertfordshire provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University  is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.

How to apply

For informal queries please email me, but note that you must apply for the positions to be considered for the studentships.

Download the application form
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The application form should be returned to:

Lynette Spelman and Emma Thorogood
Research Student Administrators
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield, Herts
AL10 9AB
tel: +44 (0)1707 286083


Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year.

The next short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on 1 July 2019.

I am back from Japan

I visited JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), working on collaboration around a social inclusion and autonomy project. I also gave a talk during JAIST World Conference 2019, on how robots can be used to support this project.

Here you can see some local coverage of our interactions. 

A short translation of this coverage is offered below:

The project works on the demonstrative verification of the robot/AI applications performed at facilities in Kaga City, planning to develop assisting systems with autonomy.

Nursing Robotics Experiments Cooperation in 2019, at Kaga city’s hospitals

The research team of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Nomi City) and Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Nonoichi City) will work on Kaga City in fiscal 2019 for demonstration experiments utilizing robots for nursing care and living support for people with disabilities. Researchers met on March 7 at the city hall with Mayor RIku Miyamato. “We would like to make efforts to help the region’s development,” researchers said.  Researchers are Professor Ryo Maezono and  Associate Professor Rihyei Kan from  Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Professor Kousei Demura at Kanazawa Institute of Technology. They are engaged in international research projects about utilizing robot technology for living support for people with disabilities. Kaga city declared for the first time in Japan “smart inclusion city” which aims at a city that is easy to live regardless of the presence or absence of disability by utilizing advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT (Internet of goods) last July. This direction agreed with the research team. With the cooperation of hospitals and welfare facilities in the city, they examine the effects and problems of nursing robots and rehabilitation robots. From abroad, Professor Falsaid Amirabdollahian at Hertfordshire University in the UK and Francesca Azolini, an official of Torrento State Government in Italy, also visited the city hall. {WE CAN ADD HERE} Despite its small provincial city, Rovereto City in the state has over 100 venture companies. Mayor Miyamoto said “I would like to receive advice on the city’s efforts and be able to exchange various things for the future”. An international conference that considers the future creation that anyone can participate in society from the viewpoint of autonomy (automatic control) will be held at Ishikawa Hi-tech Exchange Center (Nomi City) from 10 am to 4 pm.  Mayor Miyamoto will speak.

We are back from INRS2013 where we presented SCRIPT project

We are just back from INRS2013 (www.inrs2013.com). Four exciting days:
First we took part in a workshop organised by COST TD1006, European network on Robotics for Neurorehabilitation. We took part in Work Group 2 activities related to quality of movement (smoothness, error, accuracy, interlimb coordination and so on).
Day two we contributed into discussions during multiple workshops, namely discussions on Armeo Spring and Manovo Spring organised by Hocoma, and the workshop organised by Tyromotion with the full range of products and their use. Also, workshop about GLOREHA design and development (glove for rehabilitation at home and clinics) was exciting.
We also organised a workshop session regarding SCRIPT project and its progress, which resulted in many good questions and discussions.
Days 3 and 4 focused on multiple exciting keynotes followed by themed sessions. SCRIPT project was presented as a podium presentation, summarising the findings of the project so far.
Discussions continued over the coffee breaks and dinner, so 4 excellent days were dedicated to rehabilitation and robotics.
Well done INRS2013 and COST TD1006. Thank you SCRIPT consortium specifically Angelo Basteris, Nasrin Nasr, Jaap Buurke, Sharon Nijenhuis and Gerdienke Prange.

The CORBYS project website is now operational (May, 2011)

The website for our CORBYS project is now operational and can be found here:http://www.corbys.eu/index.php/Home.html

In short, CORBYS focuses on developing a cognitive control framework which will allow symbiotic relation between a robot and its human user. Such relation is tested in the context of robot-mediated gait rehabilitation system or a general human-robot interaction context using an autonomous robot. For more information, please visit the project website above, or contact myself or Dr Daniel Polani.

EURobotics Forum (April, 2011)

I have just returned from a three-day EU Robotics forum (6th-8th of April, Vasteras, Sweden:http://www.eurobotics-project.eu/cms/index.php?idcat=40).

This was forum hosted by RoboDalen (http://www.robotdalen.se/en/About-Robotdalen/). The Forum is part of the EURobotics Coordination Action and has been formerly known as EUROP/EURON Annual Conference.

More information can be found on the EURobotics Website:

London School of Economics, Technology with Disabled and Older People (Jan, 2011)

I have just been to a two-day conference at London School of Economics, “Technology with Disabled and Older People” . The conference was well organised and very inspiring. I truly enjoyed the wide spectrum of presentations covering areas such as technological advancements and impact assessment topics. In addition, this was a great venue for networking and learning about new national, European and International initiatives. Here is the knowledge tree website which will host presentations and further developments resulting from the conference: