University of Salford (USAL)

The University of Salford (USAL) is one of the leading universities in UK in the area of virtual environments, advanced interfaces and robotics. A British public research university with strong tradition in doctoral training and education, Salford has approximately 20,000 students, including 3,000 from more than 100 international countries. Working closely with industry partners on multidisciplinary projects, the School of Computing, Science & Engineering addresses current and future technological, societal and research challenges. With our breadth of courses, award winning lecturers, research led teaching and commitment to producing highly employable graduates, the School is leading groundbreaking, stimulating postgraduate education and research studies.

The Centre for Autonomous Systems and Robotics houses a multidisciplinary group led by Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani with interests in autonomous systems and robotics and their constituent technologies. The group has strong national and international links with both industry and other research institutes.

Our involvement in SMART-E: 

The University of Salford is the Co-ordinator of SMART-E, managing the network, and liaising with the European Commission. Three early stage researchers will be based at Salford:

  • ESR 1: Dexterous Robot End-Effectors (Robot Hands)
  • ESR 5: Cognitive multi-agents systems framework for reconfigurable systems
  • ESR 10: Mathematical Modelling for a Self-Healing Robotic Cell (Maintenance Robot)

Who we are: 

Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani holds a chair in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Salford and is director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics. Her research interests concern the development of artificial cognitive models for robotics/agents. She has published and edited extensively, run national and international projects, and attracted funding in excess of £4m in the last three years. Professor Nefti-Meziani has been involved in the management of national and international collaborative projects including the FP7 projects Novel Q and RobotCub. She has extensive experience of both the food and aerospace sectors and is a partner in the national GAMMA project targeted at autonomous systems for the aerospace sector. She is Vice Chairman of IEEE Robotics and Automation UK & RI, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems.

Dr Steve Davis is an active researcher in manufacturing and robotics and his research interests include actuators, biomimetics, ‘soft’ robotics, humanoid robots, end-effectors and dexterous hands and automation for the food industry. He has a broad knowledge of the food industry and has undertaken many industrial and academic projects within the sector. He was also the principle investigator for the UK DEFRA funded GRAIL project which developed a low cost robot for the food industry. He has published and edited extensively and has attracted significant research funding including the EU FP7 project SMART-E. 

Professor Phil Scarf is has wide ranging interests in the application of Statistics and Operational Research in reliability and maintenance, manufacturing informatics, autonomous systems, corrosion science, and sport. He organises conferences on Maintenance Modelling and Mathematics in Sport.


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