[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc at Ground Robotics Research Center, Univ. of Michigan

Dawn Tilbury tilbury at umich.edu
Sat Mar 21 11:32:21 PDT 2009

The Ground Robotics Research Center http://grrc.engin.umich.edu was 
launched in 2008 with funding from the US-Army TARDEC.  Based at the 
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, GRRC participants from multiple 
universities and companies work together on research projects to 
advance technologies in unmanned ground vehicles.

A postdoc position is available for a project that is developing 
methods and techniques to improve reliability of robotic systems. 
Since robotics has grown up out of a hobbyist mindset, insufficient 
attention has historically been paid to ensuring reliability under 
difficult and uncertain operating conditions in the field.   There 
are three parallel approaches currently being taken in this project, 
although other approaches may be considered in the future. The first 
approach analyzes field failure data and maintenance record data and 
also uses simulation models to identify and predict the most 
important components from a reliability perspective.  The second 
approach looks at how robots can be re-designed and/or how 
manufacturing techniques and acceptance sampling tests can be adapted 
in order to improve reliability.  The third approach accepts that 
failures will occur, and develops on-line control approaches that can 
help a robot reconfigure itself (or its control architecture) to 
continue operating in a degraded mode to complete the desired mission.

We are looking for a candidate who has a PhD in mechanical or 
electrical engineering and some experience in robotics.  Useful 
skills would include some knowledge of simulation packages (such as 
Matlab, Simulink, Adams, etc.), statistical data analysis methods, 
mechanical design, or manufacturing process quality assurance. 
Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and the names 
and contact information for three references to Prof. Dawn Tilbury 
and/or Prof. Galip Ulsoy (ulsoy at umich.edu).  Applications received 
before April 6 will receive full consideration.   The position will 
start in Summer or Fall of 2009, and will be a one-year position with 
a possibility to renew for a second year.
Dawn Tilbury
University of Michigan
Professor and Associate Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
3124 GGBrown, 2350 Hayward St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
Phone:  (734) 936-2129 Fax: (734) 647-3170
tilbury at umich.edu

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