[robotics-worldwide] Funded PhD position at EPFL on Learning and control for legged compliant robots
auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Thu Nov 12 04:46:41 PST 2009
Funded PhD Position: Learning and control for legged compliant robots
The Biologically Inspired Robotics Group (BIRG, http://birg.epfl.ch/) at
EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one *open PhD studentship in learning
and control for legged compliant robots*. The position is part of
AMARSI, a European project that will start on March 2010 with various
partners in Europe. The position is fully funded.
The goal of the PhD thesis will be to participate to the design of
movement controllers for rich motor skills based on systems of coupled
nonlinear dynamical systems (e.g. oscillators), and to apply them to
compliant quadruped and humanoid robots.
Candidates need to have a Master degree in a field related to robotics
and dynamical systems, e.g. in Computer Science, Physics, Electrical or
Mechanical Engineering. The ideal candidate for this position should
have a strong mathematical background, good programming skills, and be
interested in legged robotics. Previous research experience in robotics
(in particular the control of quadruped and biped locomotion) and in
dynamical systems is desirable.
How to apply:
Step 1: The position is only open to applicants who have been accepted
by the EPFL doctoral school (see http://phd.epfl.ch/). The first step is
therefore to fill the applications for one of the doctoral programs, the
most relevant being "Manufacturing Systems and Robotics", "Computer,
communication and information sciences" and "Electrical Engineering".
Step 2: Once accepted by one of the doctoral programs (please specify
which doctoral program and the date of acceptance), the application to
the position should be sent by email to Prof. Auke Ijspeert and consist
of a motivation letter (explaining why you are interested in the
project, and why you feel qualified for it) and a copy of the doctoral
Informal inquiries about the relevance of an application can be sent to
auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch (e.g. before or while submitting an application to
the doctoral school), but responses can be slow because of a heavy
schedule and a filled mail box.
Deadline and starting date:
Applications will be considered continuously until the position is
filled. The ideal starting date is the *1st of March 2010* (or as soon
as possible after that date).
Information concerning the type of research carried out by the group can
be found at http://birg.epfl.ch/. You should send your application and
any inquiry by email to:
Prof. Auke Jan Ijspeert <http://birg.epfl.ch/page27899.html>,
auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch <mailto:auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch>
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
INN 237 <http://plan.epfl.ch/?room=INN237>
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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