[robotics-worldwide] Multiple Openings for Doctoral Students in Robotics - USF

Luther Palmer palmer at cse.usf.edu
Mon Jan 18 12:20:14 PST 2010

Three faculty in the College of Engineering at the University of South
Florida (USF) are looking to recruit doctoral students starting in the
2010-2011 academic year.

At the University of South Florida, federal funds for academic research
and development increased 213 percent from 2000 to 2007.  According to The
Chronicle of Higher Education, that makes USF the fastest growing research
university in the United States.  In the academic year 2008-09, USF
reached a new high with $380.4 million in research grants and contracts.

USF serves more than 39,000 students and offers 228 degree programs at the
undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels through its 11

USF is located in the Tampa Bay area, which is home to over 2 million
residents and has an average year-round temperature of 72 degrees

Multiple doctoral openings are available in the below areas, and limited
masters support is available for exceptional students. Persons from
underrepresented groups in science and engineering are encouraged to
apply.  More general information about the College of Engineering doctoral
recruitment program can be found at

** PhD candidate opening in the area of Rehabilitation Robotics **

Seeking a PhD student to be a key participant in the research and
development of low cost and high impact rehabilitation devices. Success in
this work will contribute to the advancement of rehabilitation robotics
for in-home physical therapy.

The ideal candidate would be motivated and capable of taking an idea from
conceptual design to implementation.  Applicants should be comfortable
with programming (C/C++), mathematical analysis, and hands on design of
mechatronic systems.  The opening is for Fall 2010, but Spring 2011 is a
possibility for the right candidate.

For more information, please visit: http://www.eng.usf.edu/~kylereed/ or
contact Dr. Reed at kylereed at usf.edu

** PhD openings in the Biomorphic Robotics Laboratory **

Research will center around the pursuit of biological strategies for the
control and design of mobile robotic systems.  Potential applications
include military reconnaissance and time-critical search and rescue, among
many others.  There is currently a need for a student with experience in
mechanism design, and a student with experience with embedded systems. 
This is a multi-disciplinary lab, looking to bring aboard students
pursuing the PhD in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Computer

For more information, please visit http://www.cse.usf.edu/~palmer.

** PhD openings in the Robot Perception and Action Lab (RPAL) **

The selected candidates will team up with another Ph.D. student to work in
the area of robot learning by demonstration.  We are currently building a
fully automatic human grasping monitoring system that can capture and
analyze human hand motion and fingertip force during a grasping and
manipulation process in real-time with cameras and computer vision
techniques. At the same time, we are building a robot system that includes
one 6-axis robotic arm, three 4-DOF fingers with tactile sensors, and a
vision system.  The goal is to develop a robot learning platform so that a
robot can learn skills from human.  This research involves many
cutting-edge techniques in the areas of robotics, machine vision, haptics,
machine learning, and intelligent control.

For more information, please visit http://www.cse.usf.edu/~yusun/research/


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