Fully funded PhD Position in Real-Time 3D Mapping of Crops for Robotic Harvesting

School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK 

A PhD position is available in the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS) at the University of Lincoln UK. The position is funded for 3 years, including a bursary at the current RCUK doctoral stipend levels, tuition fees, and participation in international conferences and meetings. Please note: *this studentship is available to UK/EU candidates only*; at present we are not able to offer any studentships to international candidates.

The PhD position is offered in the area of robotic perception using state-of-the-art 3D sensors for real-time detection, tracking and size estimation of crops, with a particular focus on perception for robotic harvesting of brassica crops (Broccoli). This PhD is part of a project funded by the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to develop a harvesting robot, working together with industrial partners to deliver a prototype system for automatic harvesting of broccoli. The studentship offers the opportunity to engage in scientific collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contribution.

You should have a good Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. You must have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS), and be available to start work on the project as soon as possible. 

In the first instance please contact Tom Duckett and Grzegorz Cielniak (tduckett@lincoln.ac.uk, gcielniak@lincoln.ac.uk), with your CV and transcript.  Put “Real-Time 3D Mapping of Crops PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be assessed as they arrive and, if appropriate, we will contact applicants to discuss things further.