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Miss Alice Haynes

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

Alice Haynes

Miss Alice Haynes

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

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Research interests

Currently my research interests are in the following areas:

Symbiotic Robotics - Robots designed using the principles of co-evolution and symbiosis, whether this is symbiosis with other robots or with nature.

Ocean Plastics - Finding solutions to the problem of plastic debris collecting in the environment, particularly marine macro- and micro- plastics which are endangering many species with negative impacts at all levels of the food chain.

Harmful Algae Blooms - Increased agriculture has led to an increase in nutrient-rich waste run-off creating ideal conditions for these damaging algae blooms that affect both fresh and marine water systems. I am interested in solutions that integrate with the natural ecosystem.

Microbial Fuel Cells - As a means of processing waste plastics or other products to generate electricity and provide opportunity for closed loop systems.

Closed Loop Systems - Approaching the above challenges with a systems approach, for example diverting agricultural waste run-off to feed a controlled non-harmful algae bloom that will help to reduce carbon dioxide levels and provide the input material for a micobial fuel cell that will generate sustainable energy for the agriculture business. (This is purely an illustration of the closed system approach I am interested in)

Bioplastics and Biodegradability of materials used in robotics.

Soft Robotics - The research group I am working in is the Soft Robotics group at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. We are interested in using soft materials and bio-inspired approaches to robotics for improved capabilities, efficiency, human compatibility and more.

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United Kingdom