[robotics-worldwide] Two Postdoc positions in biologically-inspired robotics at EPFL

Auke Ijspeert auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Thu Apr 20 05:36:55 PDT 2006


Dear colleagues,

I would be most grateful if you could transmit the add below for postdoc 
positions in my group at EPFL to any of your PhD students who might be 
interested.

Many thanks,

Auke Ijspeert

The Biologically Inspired Robotics Group (BIRG, http://birg.epfl.ch/) in 
the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL (Lausanne, 
Switzerland) anticipates (95% sure) to have *two open Postdoc 
positions*: one in modular robotics (position A), and the other in 
biologically inspired amphibious robotics and control of locomotion 
(position B).

*Position A: Modular robotics*

This position is part of a new project in collaboration with Prof. Aude 
Billard and Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg on the use of modular robots for 
creating adaptive furniture. The goal of the project is to design and 
control a set of robotic building blocks that can be used to generate 
robots capable of locomotion and reconfiguration. Among other things, 
the robots should serve as adaptive furniture, i.e. stools/chairs/sofas 
capable of moving and changing shape. Candidates need to have a PhD 
degree related to robotics. The ideal candidate for this position should 
have a background in robotics, in particular in mechanical design and in 
control. Good programming skills and a strong interest in human-computer 
interaction are also needed. The responsibility of the postdoc will be 
to help designing the physical modules (in particular the connection 
mechanisms) as well as to develop reconfiguration algorithms (with 
simulated robots, as well as real modules, such as the Yamor modules). 
Starting date: as soon as possible (e.g June 2006).

*Position B: Biologically inspired amphibious robotics and control of 
locomotion*

This position is part of a project which aims at constructing and 
controling amphibious robots with multiple degrees of freedom, and at 
using inspiration from biology, in particular the concept of central 
pattern generators (CPGs), for controling their locomotion. The type of 
robots we envision are snake and salamander-like robots, see 
http://birg.epfl.ch/page53468.html for an example of our amphibious 
snake robot. The responsibility of the postdoc will be to participate to 
the design of the next generation of the robots (we aim at adding 
muscle-like actuator with useful visco-elastic properties), and to 
design adaptive locomotion controllers based on CPGs. Candidates need to 
have a PhD degree related to robotics. The ideal candidate for this 
position should have a background in robotics, in particular in 
mechanical design, locomotion control, and learning algorithms, and be 
interested in using robots as tools to understand biology. Starting 
date: November 2006 (or as soon as possible after that).

*How to apply:
*
The application should consist of a motivation letter (explaining to 
which of the two positions you would like to apply, and why you feel 
qualified for that project), and a full CV with publication list. Two 
(or more) letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees 
to Prof. Auke Ijspeert (emails are preferred).

*Deadline and starting date:*

Applications are invited from today (20 April 2006), and will be 
considered continuously until the positions are filled.
*
**Contact:*

Information concerning the type of research carried out by the group can 
be found at http://birg.epfl.ch/
Please send your application and any inquiry by email to

Prof. Auke Jan Ijspeert <http://birg.epfl.ch/page27899.html>, 
auke.ijspeert -at- epfl.ch
School of Computer and Communication Sciences
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
EPFL-IC-ISIM-GRIJ INN 237 <http://plan.epfl.ch/?room=INN237>
Station 14
CH 1015, Lausanne, Switzerland
WWW: http://birg.epfl.ch/

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Prof Auke Jan Ijspeert 
SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) Assistant Professor
School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL

EPFL-IC-ISIM-GRIJ
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Station 14
CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland 

Office: INN 237     Tel: +41 21 693 2658,    Fax: +41 21 693 3705
www: http://birg.epfl.ch             Email: Auke.Ijspeert at epfl.ch

Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California
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