Dr Charles Fox - Programme Leader
Dr Charles Fox researches agricultural and transportation robotics, including autonomous robots for weed control and applications of game theory to self-driving cars. He studied Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Engineering at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Oxford. He worked as a quantitative hedge fund trader in London, a researcher at the Sheffield Center for Robotics, and as a fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, before joining the UK's largest agri-robotics team at Lincoln. His robots have featured in The Times, on the Discovery Channel, and on BBC Radio 4.School Staff List Make an Enquiry
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Technical resources for Robotics and Autonomous Systems include research facilities and laboratories, a computer engineering workshop, workstations with flexible development software platforms and equipment. This also includes a fleet of diverse mobile and social robots, advanced compliant robotic manipulators, a swarm of micro-robots, and state-of-the-art agricultural robots.
An informal interview by Skype with the Programme Leader may also be required to make sure candidates have the right background for the course. This informal contact may also include requests for samples of self-directed project work involving a significant element of software and/or systems development.
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This course aims to develop the skills required for employment in the emerging Robotics and Autonomous Systems industry, and across many other sectors where these skills are applicable. These can include agri-food, automation, industry 4.0, healthcare, logistics, military, nuclear, security, and transport. Some graduates may choose to continue research at doctoral level.
In addition to our relatively broad MSc in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, the University of Lincoln has launched the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Agri-Food Robotics, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded £6.6 million for the new Centre which will deliver and increased influx robotics expertise at a vital time for the agri-food industry. Over its initial funding lifetime, the CDT will provide funding and training for at least 50 doctoral students, who will be supported by major industry partners and specialise in areas such as autonomous mobility in challenging environments, the harvesting of agricultural crops, soft robotics for handling delicate food products, and ‘co-bots' for maintaining safe human-robot collaboration and interaction in farms and factories.
The CDT supplements our wide-ranging MSc in Robotics and Autonomous Systems by providing a dedicated route leading to further doctoral studies in Agri-Food Robotics.
Applications for studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training can be made via:
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