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Sensing and perception in autonomous robotics

We investigate different aspects of sensors, both at individual component and whole-system levels.


Our research combines expertise in advanced electronic circuits and integrated circuits with facilities that allow us to design and manufacture advanced sensor technologies. These include 3D printing, nano-fabrication and fundamental sensor design. We work with stakeholders to design and build sensors for marine, aerial and space applications. We research better ways to integrate sensors with sampling techniques, microfluidics and electronics while considering scalable manufacturing and microfabrication processes.

Autonomous sensors need to be easy to operate with little training. They also need to be robust, and non-invasive. Our research aims to deliver on these requirements, as well as improving the performance of signal processing and data display. We also recognise the need to engage with end users to develop fit-for-purpose robotic and autonomous sensing platforms.

Key topics

  • optical and hyperspectral imaging
  • sonar
  • chemical sensors
  • data processing
  • localisation and mapping
  • sensor fusion
  • integrating sensors, microfluidics and electronics on integrated circuits
  • lateral flow devices and lab-on-a-chip approaches (including paper-based biosensors and using printed circuit boards for full integration)
  • developing smartphone apps for point-of-use sensors

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