Biohavior

Website Queen's University Belfast

This PhD aims to develop a human-robot cooperation method for hybrid assembly systems for future aircraft production.

Manufacturing enterprises are striving to improve their productivity by deploying smart technologies in order to gain competitiveness. Human robot collaboration is a new paradigm to benefit from the merits from both parties so as to maximise system efficiency and adaptability. For this aim, this project is to develop a human-robot cooperation method for hybrid assembly systems for future aircraft production. Advanced virtual reality (VR) technologies will be investigated to be integrated with modern robotics technologies. A case study with real engineering data will be employed to validate the developed methodology.
Apart from the help from supervisors, support will be available from the whole research team as well as knowledge engineers from Northern Ireland Technology Centre.

Aims and objectives:

•Comprehend existing processes in aircraft assembly
•Propose an allocation method for assigning suitable operations and co-operations to both human and robot
•Design a decision making strategy in between human and robot
•Develop a compliance control method to implement human robot collaboration
•Create a method to integrate VR to ensure the accuracy and productivity
•Develop a demonstrator via virtual and physical experiments
•Conduct cost/time benefit analysis to compare with current processes

To apply for this job please visit dap.qub.ac.uk.