Our research is supported by the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems

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Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation

The Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation designs and analyses complex systems that involve technology, people and services. We have world-class expertise in design systems, solid mechanics, robotics and mechatronics, dynamics and control, optimisation and aerospace and structural engineering.

With more than 50 researchers and technical staff, we deliver our research through partnerships with industry, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and end user engagement.

Research areas include:

Bio-mechatronics and robotics: Theoretical and experimental research towards mechatronic and robotic systems that assist people to achieve their goals, a particular focus of which is healthcare technologies.

Design sciences: Theoretical frameworks that underpin processes of designing. They include design theory and methodology, traditional engineering sciences and an emerging body of design science that draws on the social, biological and physical sciences to underpin human-centred designing, meeting people’s physical, emotional and social needs.

Energy efficient automotive and aerospace structures: Theoretical and experimental research into lightweight materials, structures and optimisation techniques. The outcomes of this research is applied to automotive and aerospace structures to create a next generation of energy efficient vehicles; reducing vehicle mass whilst maintaining performance and adhering to safety requirements.

Collaborations and partnerships

Key collaborators within the university, include colleagues from Rehabilitation Medicine, Leeds University Business School, Psychology and the School of Design.

The institute also has strong collaborative ties to prestigious external organisations, including Rolls-Royce, ABB, BAES and National Instruments, as well as partnerships with charities such as Age Concern and Heart Research UK.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss an area of research in more detail please contact the Institute Director: Professor Rob Richardson.

We have opportunities for prospective PhD students including a number of studentships. Informal enquiries can be made to the Institute Director.

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