[robotics-worldwide] PhD position in Eye-bots for Swarmanoids

Dario Floreano Dario.Floreano at epfl.ch
Sat Jul 22 09:18:03 PDT 2006

Open PhD Position Announcement
Swarm of Indoor Flying Eye-bots: design and prototyping

Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

One funded PhD student position is available immediately or upon  
agreement at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Lab Director: Prof.  
Dario Floreano) in the framework of the SWARMANOID
project, a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-OPEN) project funded  
by the European Commission.
The SWARMANOID project is a follow-up of the successful Swarm-bots  
project (http://www.swarm-bots.org).

The main objective of the SWARMANOID project is the design and  
of a "swarmanoid", an innovative robotic system made of a swarm of
heterogeneous autonomous robots acting and interacting in the 3D  
space. Flying
Eye-bots, climbing and grasping Hand-bots, and walking and transporting
Foot-bots will be the robotic units of the swarm. Each unit will be  
designed to
be autonomous and to have self-reconfiguration capabilities, as well  
as to be
able to cooperate and self-assemble with the other units to perform  
task solution.

In addition to the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, the project's  
consortium includes:
Dr. Mondada (LSRO, EPFL), Prof. Dorigo (IRIDIA, ULB, Belgium),
Prof. Gambardella (IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland), and Prof. Nolfi (CNR,  
Rome, Italy).

The PhD research work will focus on the development of the Eye-bots.  
will be small robots equipped with sensing abilities (most likely  
vision) that will
live mainly in the air or in the ceilings of building and provide  
sensing and navigation
information for Foot-bots and Hand-bots. Eye-bots should be able to  
fly, attach to
the ceilings, and possibly to other Eye-bots. The candidate will work  
together with
another PhD candidate whose work will focus on control and sensing of  
the Eye-bots.

Applicants should preferably have an MSc in one of the following  
- Micro-engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Robotics
- Aerodynamics

Candidates from other disciplines are also welcome if they  
demonstrate skills in the above-mentioned areas.
Demonstrated proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory. The  
candidate will be requested to do some
class assistance and supervise undergraduate and master projects.

The candidate will join a young and enthusiastic team with several  
activities in aerial robotics that featured on top
international media and scientific magazines. The Laboratory offers  
access to state-of-the-art facilities ranging from
micro-machining to printed circuit realization as well as  
collaboration with companies in micro-robotics.
The laboratory developed and is developing several types of  
autonomous flying robots for indoor and outdoor environments.
There are thus several synergies with other projects.

Annual salary is approximately 45K CHF (with small adjustments based  
on age and experience).

To apply for the position, please send a letter of motivation along  
with a CV, certificates, and two academic references to
Dario.Floreano at epfl.ch.

For more information please refer to:
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne: http://www.epfl.ch
Laboratory of Intelligent Systems: http://lis.epfl.ch

Prof. Dr. Dario Floreano
Laboratory of Intelligent Systems
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Building ELE, Station 11
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Voice: +41 21 693 5230
Secretary: +41 21 693 5966
Fax: +41 21 693 5859
Dario.Floreano at epfl.ch
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