[robotics-worldwide] Funded PhD position at EPFL on Learning and control for legged compliant robots

Auke Ijspeert 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 
program application.

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>
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
WWW: http://birg.epfl.ch/

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