Intelligent Robotics and Practical Robotics Research at the University of York

Research Leader: Dr. Mark A. Post

Mark A. Post received his B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in 2004, and his M.Sc. in ultrasonic material analysis and Ph.D. in space robotics from York University in Canada in 2008 and 2014 respectively. From 2014-2018 he worked on novel autonomous manufacturing, agricultural robotics, and space robotics technologies including mobility, vision, and sensor fusion in the Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory at the University of Strathclyde. He joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at York in 2019 and focuses on applying both space and terrestrial robotics technologies to challenges in comprehensive sensing, artificial intelligence, self-awareness, and bio-inspired adaptable structures for robotics.

Senior Lecturer, University of York, School of Physics, Engineering and Technology, UK
Office: +44-(0)190-432-2393
Email: mark.post@york.ac.uk
Address: Room P/N/007, University of York, Heslington, York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, YO10 5DD

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab Group members at the University of York:

PhD Students: James White; Tianyuan Wang; Yunlong Lian, Haowen Liu, Hanyang Zhong
MSC Student: Qi He (graduated)

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab Research Projects at the University of York:

I am currently looking for motivated Master students, Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers in the areas of sensor fusion for space robotics, probabilistic machine learning and reasoning for robotics, deep learning for satellites' FPGA based real time embedded acceleration, dynamics and control of spacecraft and space robotics, and structural design and mobility for planetary rover.

MOSAR - MOdular Satellite Assembly and Reconfiguration (H2020) MOSAR
MOSAR is a Horizon 2020 funded project to develop a sound technology demonstrator of on-orbit modular satellite reconfiguration relying on robotic capabilities and exploiting the outcomes of previous Space Robotics SRC building blocks. MOSAR shall elaborate and refine the concept of Modular Spacecraft, identify and recommend standards and design the ground and space infrastructure elements that will enable its realisation and sustain its progressive deployment and economical exploitation.

RoboFish: Autonomous Biomimetic Robot-fish for Offshore Wind Farm Inspection (EPSRC)
RoboFish is an autonomous, bio-mimetic AUV capable of navigation about dense and moving underwater structures for the propose of continuously and autonomously locating and monitoring structural damage to Offshore Renewable Energy infrastructure such as floating wind farms. The project is funded by the Supergen ORE Hub, and partners in this project are University of Strathclyde, PicSea Ltd, East Coast Oil and Gas Engineering Ltd.

Control methods for flexible and bio-inspired superlight tensegrity rovers (University of York) ARIA-VENUS ROVER
Autonomous Robotics vehicles for planetary exploration must be responsive, energy efficient, lightweight for transport, and mechanically robust. To accomplish these goals, a small rover platform driven by the need for light weight, simplicity and reconfigurability is being developed with a minimalist mechanical structure and a flexible software design model to facilitate additions and multiple use cases. The advantages of this platform are resilience and transportability due to the low mass thin structural members of the tensegrity spine chassis, and the combined adaptability of wheeled and full-body movement. The use of flexible and distributed structures allows the rover to better adapt physically to complex and varied terrains such as those encountered on Martian slopes. We have a tensegrity rover prototype that students can work on by testing out new actuators, control methods, and payload tasks, in addition to the possibility of students testing out new forms of flexible and tensegrity robots.

Thickness AI (Innovate UK)
This project led by Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. (Canada) with with Peacock Technology Limited, University of York and University of Strathclyde (UK) titled “Development of Thickness Control using AI Controls for Blown Film Air Ring”. Develop an auto-profile airing system controlled by Artificial Intelligent software designed to improve gauge uniformity in blown film extrusion equipment.

Dr Mark A Post Robotics Research Areas:

Beaver Micro-RoverBeaver Micro-Rover ElectronicsBeaver Micro-Rover Filming for Daily Planet

SfM Terrain Reconstruction

Nanosatellite pose estimation process

IAC 2009ICINCO 2011AIAA AAS 2013

Dr Mark A Post Other Research Projects at the University of Strathclyde UK:

InFuse: Infusing Sensor Fusion Into Space Robotics


InFuse is a European Horizon 2020 funded project in which a consortium of expert companies and organisations have developed a novel Common Data Fusion Framework (CDFF) for the Space Robotic Technologies Strategic Research Cluster (SRC).

Standard Interface for Robotic Manipulation of Payloads in Future Space Missions (SIROM)


SIROM is another project in the Horizon 2020 Space Robotics SRC in which a standard mechanical, electrical, and thermal interface between robotic space systems has been developed.

Agribot: Newtons Fund

The Agribot: Autonomous, repeatable sensing for improving crop yields and farm field monitoring

Dr Mark A Post Other Research Projects at the York University Canada:

Development and Evaluation of Helmholtz Cage for Nanosatellite Evaluation

Helmholtz Cage Testing of Nanosatellite Attitude Control

Ontario Science Centre Nanosatellite Exhibitions 2012

OSC Nanosatellite Magnetorquer Demonstration

York University Rover Team

York University Rover Team 2008-2011

Science Rendezvous 2008 Rover Demonstration

Science Rendezvous 2008 YURT Demo

Ultrasonic Analysis of Stress Patterns in Welded Metals

Ultrasonic Analysis of Stress Patterns in Welded Metals