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Autonomous Systems and Robotics Research Group

This research group carries out world leading research in autonomous processes and autonomous robotic systems by investigating key research problems of sensing, control, decision making and system integration. The group is a major contributor to the activities of the Sheffield Centre for Robotic Research (SCentRo). The collective competence of the group is unparalleled in the UK and covers most essential topics of this area: design of autonomous industrial robots, condition monitoring for fault tolerant autonomous systems, biologically inspired principles of sensing and control, international standards for autonomous robots, self-assembling robotic systems and swarms, advanced software architectures for decision making, autonomous hybrid systems modelling, formal verification, and distributed and parallel control systems.

Research themes

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We are currently working on a number of projects, including Distributed Sensing and Control of Multiagent Systems, Self Reconfiguring Autonomous Systems, Self-assembling Robotic Systems and Swarm Robotic Systems.


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The ASRG collaborate widely, with industrial partners and with other universities. Read about some of our past and present autonomous systems and robotics collaborative projects.


Meet the ASR teamWith 8 core academic members, who supervise many researchers, PhD students, and MSc students, we are an internationally renowned group in the area of autonomous systems and robotics.

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Our research environment has a strong industrial focus and delivers impact through strategic partnerships with world-class engineering companies and via industrial research institutes.

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