Autonomous Navigation For Mobile Robot In The Dynamic Environment


An exciting opportunity to apply for a fully funded PhD position in the College of Arts, Technology and Environment, UWE Bristol.

Ref: 2324-OCT-CATE04

The expected start date of these studentships is 1 October 2023.

The closing date for applications is 29 June 2023.


Studentship details

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) have an exciting PhD post working on a project to develop real-time localization, obstacle avoidance and automatic path planning for mobile robots operating in dynamic environments, especially in industrial workshops and factories, in order to improve efficiency and reduce the negative impact of labour shortage for many industrial applications.

This PhD studentship will focus on indoor localization, navigation, and obstacle avoidance for mobile robots by development of novel and better ways to detect the changes of the environment in real time. The update of path planning according to these environmental changes must meet the requirements of transportation tasks, with high precision and specified speed. The envisaged research will be demonstrated and evaluated in a challenging and dynamic environment to test whether the designed mobile robot can complete the specified tasks within the given time, such as goods transportation, under different types of task scenarios.

The PhD will involve working in the extensive facilities in BRL. BRL is located at our Frenchay campus and within walking distance of two train stations and bus stops, making Frenchay Campus at UWE Bristol the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol. UWE Bristol is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

Excellent candidates with engineering backgrounds and relevant skills are encouraged to apply.
For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Professor Charlie Yang.


The studentship is available from 01 October 2023 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which will be £18,622 (23/24) per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years. 


Applicants must have a Bachelor or a Master degree in Robotics, Automation, or Computer Science, etc. and ideally will have good programming skills such as C++, Python, MATLAB, etc.

The research experience of mobile robotics is preferred. 

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2324-OCT-CATE04.

Supporting documentation: You will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form.

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 29 June 2023.

Further Information

It is expected that interviews will take place the week commencing 20 July 2023. If you have not heard from us by 31 July 2023, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful

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