Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing

The research activities of the AIM group encompass three broad areas of research: intelligent manufacturing and systems, robotics and automation, and bio-inspired computational intelligence.

Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS)

Intelligent manufacturing research focuses on intelligent manufacturing systems, bio-inspired intelligent systems, modelling and design of distributed artificial intelligence for manufacturing shop floor, networks and supply chain management and optimisation, and holonic manufacturing systems.

Robotics and Automation (RA)

Research in robotics and automation includes design and control of hybrid and parallel manipulators; robotic rehabilitation; robotics for hazardous environments; computer vision and visual servoing; micro-manipulation for bio-medical applications, tele-presence and human-robot interaction; and medical device micro implants.


Bio-Inspired Computational Intelligence (BICI)

Biological systems and animal societies possess remarkable problem-solving capabilities. We take inspiration from nature to solve a wide range of engineering problems such as motor control, control systems optimisation, mechanical design, manufacturing cell formation, machine job scheduling, robotic team coordination, machine vision, etc.