[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral position at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France

Michel Devy michel at laas.fr
Sun Nov 29 21:53:46 PST 2009

This postdoc topic concerns the perception of natural environment by 
heterogeneous robots (unmanned aerial and ground vehicles). The 
postdoctoral researcher will participate to the ROSACE project funded by 
the RTRA STAE (in french, Fondation de coopération scientifique, 
Sciences et Technologies pour l'Aéronautique et l'Espace) : ROSACE 
studies how a set of mobile autonomous communicating and cooperating 
robots could be deployed with well-established properties particularly 
in terms of safety, self-healability, ability to achieve a set of 
missions and self-adaptation in a dynamic environment. Concerning 
robotics, the objective consists in studying and developing distributed 
robotics functions to be integrated on aerial and terrestrial robots.

ROSACE partners have defined a common scenario about rescue robotics, on 
which every research team must propose functions, multi-robot strategies 
and, when possible, experiments either in simulation or with true robots :
- rescue robotics : an alert occurs about an accident or a possible 
disaster on a large area (e.g. a forest fire) ! An emergency service 
deploys robots, both with human-controlled vehicles.
- An a priori map is known on the area, but, this map must be considered 
as uncertain (new buildings, new roads …) … moreover due to the 
disaster, some roads are probably cut off by obstacles.
- Robots must cooperate in order to detect some situations (e.g. fire, 
humans or vehicles in dangerous area…) and to help people (e.g. guide 
humans towards safe areas)
- A communication network is deployed in the environment, but with a 
limited bandwidth and with partial connectivity between nodes (humans 
and robots).
- GPS is available, but navigation cannot be completely based on 
GPS-based localization (not accurate enough, possible occultations …)

Such a scenario gives only an applicative context in order to study 
scientific topics in robotics, multi-agents systems, AI, Ad hoc network, 
Fault tolerant systems ….

This postdoc topics is focused on mapping from several heterogeneous 
robots, using a priori information on a large area to be explored. The 
postdoc will be integrated in the Robotics and AI department of 
LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse (http://www.laas.fr), but will have to cooperate 
with the DCSD department at ONERA also in Toulouse.

Some keywords only to give a general context : environment modelling, 3D 
heterogeneous representations (DEM, landmarks, specific objects to be 
identified like roads, rivers. buildings, fire…), SLAM, multiple and 
heterogeneous maps, large environment, vision, multi-robots cooperation, 
network connectivity…

A recent PhD is required. Applicants should possess knowledge and 
experience in SLAM, 3D vision, data association, estimation… Appointment 
will be initially for a 12 months duration, eventually extended for 12 
other months. The position is available now : the postdoc may start as 
soon as possible.

Letters of application, a C.V. with complete list of publications, a 
short statement of research interests and the name of two referees 
should be sent before 2009 December 20th by e-mail to Michel Devy:

Michel Devy
E-mail: michel at laas.fr
Phone: +33 561 336 331

Michel Devy
LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
Tel: 05 61 33 63 31
Fax: 05 61 33 64 55

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