R²: Robo-re-Cycle

Current project

Applications now open for VIP 2022 via a wait-list!


Academics will be in touch throughout the year to arrange an interview 

VIP Snapshot

It is estimated that Australians generate 67 million tonnes of waste per year. Help tackle this environmental problem by joining the R2: Robo-re-Cycle. This team will develop solutions for a circular economy by building automated robots to tackle the world's growing e-waste crisis.

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VIP ChallENG research goals

The R2: Robo-re-Cycle team will conduct research to develop an automated disassembly solution for end-of-life products, which is flexible and modular to handle the uncertainties associated with model changes, condition of the EOL products as well as the projected volume growth. 

The outcome of this project will lead to a better separation of EOL components and materials. This will allow recycling of EOL products with a higher material recovery efficiency and a lower cost due to the significantly reduced labour cost; hence substantially reducing the environmental footprint associated with EOL products.

Video: Using Robots to Solve E-Waste | Gwendolyn Foo

Research, design or technical ChallENG

  • Develop a flexible and modular automation solution for end-of-life disassembly of products

Desired background

All degrees are welcome, however, students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Desired Research Areas Desired Skills
  • Mechanical Design 
  • Robotics 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical systems
  • Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Team Academic Lead