[robotics-worldwide] Chairs of Excellence position on autonomous mini-UAVs at the ISIR

Stephane Doncieux stephane.doncieux at isir.upmc.fr
Fri Jun 18 00:07:02 PDT 2010

Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), through its Foundation and 
with the support of Rte (The French Electricity transmission system 
operator) announces the opening of a Chair of Excellence in the field of 
Autonomous Mini-UAVs starting in October 2010 for an initial period of 5 

The purpose of the Chair "Mini-UAV Autonomous Rte / UPMC" will be to 
develop research activities in the field of simultaneous design, control 
and mission planning of mini-UAVs. The overall objective will be to help 
increase their autonomy and expand their potential for use particularly 
in difficult flying conditions. This work will be developed in the 
specific context of the inspection of high voltage electrical networks 
but can obviously affect other civilian monitoring applications. An 
experimental part will be included to validate the concepts. The 
selected candidate will work full time at The Institute of Intelligent 
Systems and Robotics (ISIR, http://www.isir.fr) where he will integrate 
the team Autonomous Mobile and Integrated Systems (SIMA, 
http://www.isir.upmc.fr/?op=view_equipe&id=2&lang=en). The chair holder  
will receive a research grant of 300 000EUR per year. This funding is to 
be used during the project for equipment, operating and personnel costs.

Applicants must hold a PhD or an "HDR". A complete application, 
including a detailed curriculum vitae, a research project, a covering 
letter, along with the names of 3 persons for reference should be sent 
by mail to michele.gardette at upmc.fr before september 31st.

More details can be found here:
* http://www.isir.upmc.fr/UserFiles/File/Autonomous_mini-UAV.pdf
* http://www.isir.upmc.fr/?op=view_page&id=171&menuid=4&lang=en

Stephane Doncieux
Maître de Conférences/Associate Professor
Pyramide Tour 55 Boite courrier 173
4 place Jussieu 75252 Paris cedex 05
Tel: +33 1 44 27 87 45

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