[robotics-worldwide] Open position for Advanced R&D in Humanoid Robotics at General Motors

charles.w.wampler at gm.com charles.w.wampler at gm.com
Tue Jun 8 15:26:01 PDT 2010

General Motors is looking for a Ph.D. researcher in the area of humanoid
robotics.  You will join the team working on the NASA-GM Robonaut2, helping
shape the future of industrial robotics while engaging in basic robotics

To apply:

Job Description

6- Advanced Research & Development Humanoid Robotics Researcher-RES0000029


This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic and innovative researcher
to work on the latest robotics technologies, and participate in expanding
our team effort in basic robotics research, especially in the areas of
higher-level controls, reasoning and learning.  The idea of embodied
intelligence is key.

As GM's researcher you will be a key member of a project team developing
advanced robotics learning techniques and adaptive-optimal control

Specific responsibilities include:
- Develop a roadmap for research in the area of advanced robotics learning
- Define how a large amount of complex behavior can be composed from a set
of domain-general control actions that allow a robot to optimize the use of
its sensory and motor resources.
- Demonstrate how an intrinsically motivated learning framework in which a
robot can employ actions to acquire a hierarchy of manipulation skills.
- Demonstrate how control programs learned in a simplified context can be
generalized, adapted, and transferred to more complex situations or even to
other robots.

Assignment will start in Houston, Texas for a two year period.  Following
this assignment, will relocate to Warren, Michigan.  Relocation to Houston
and to Michigan is fully provided.


Basic Required Skills:
•Ph.D. in Computer Science from Top Tier University with emphasis on
robotics and controls technologies.
•Education & experience in the field of human/robot interaction, robot
learning and in developing autonomous robotics systems.
•Experience in autonomous control of high-degree-of-freedom robotic arm(s),
wrist(s), and hand(s) to grasp and manipulate objects to perform tasks,
including mobile navigation as necessary.
•Hands-on experience with robotics controls systems and with nonlinear
integrated model-based control design and analyses.
•Generate innovative research and engineering ideas and conduct development
programs in the area of robotics controls, learning and reasoning.  Course
work and background in:
•Robotics, Embedded Systems, Control Systems, Artificial Intelligence,
Machine Learning
•Reinforcement Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Reasoning and Acting
Under Uncertainty, Intrinsic Motivation, Computational Complexity, Advanced
Algorithms, Information Retrieval
•Advanced Computer Architecture, Information Theory
-Strong background in robotics and the controls of robotics systems.
-Knowledge in real-time reasoning with model-based estimation, model-based
planning and execution, knowledge compilation, and optimal deductive
reasoning to achieve robotics autonomy in vehicle assembly.
-Robotics, manipulation, control, control architectures, developmental
learning, skill acquisition, reinforcement learning, artificial
intelligence, machine learning, developmental psychology, motor control.

Basic Preferred Skills:
•Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
•High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others,
facilitate effective brainstorming, motivate employees, identify and remove
roadblocks,  and bring creative ideas of others to market.
•Execute technical assignments in a resourceful, solid, and timely manner
with minimal supervision.
•Work well with research, divisions, centers and operational groups.
•Leverage expertise and contacts to improve project effectiveness.
•Effectively communicate and document project plans and strategies.

Key Job Elements:
-US Citizen (Required)
-Generate innovative engineering ideas and conduct advanced development in
the area of robotics control, reasoning and learning.
-Maintain state-of-art technical skills and knowledge.
-Develop working relationships with internal and external subject matter
-Effectively communicate and document results through internal

Primary LocationUS-TX-Houston
Posting Date:Jun 3, 2010 Jul 3, 2010
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