[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc and PhD positions in parallel robotics in Montpellier, France

Marc Gouttefarde marc.gouttefarde at lirmm.fr
Thu Mar 18 08:31:03 PDT 2010

[apologies for multiple postings]

Dear colleagues,

A 12-month postdoctoral position and a three year PhD position in 
parallel robotics are available within the DEXTER project team of the 
LIRMM Robotics Department in Montpellier, France.

Both the postdoctoral researcher and the PhD student will be involved in 
the project CoGiRo, "Control of Giant Robots", which deals with parallel 
cable-driven robots having very large workspaces and possibly heavy 
payloads. CoGiRo is a three-year project (2010-2012) funded by the 
French National Research Agency (ANR). The partners of the project 
consist of three French research labs (LIRMM, LASMEA and INRIA Sophia 
Antipolis) and one company (FATRONIK France).

A parallel cable-driven robot consists mainly of a mobile platform, a 
set of winches and a number of cables connecting in parallel the 
platform to the winches. Generally, the winches are fixed to the ground 
(or to walls, to a frame, ...) and each cable is attached to the mobile 
platform at one end. At its other end, the cable is wound by means of 
one of the winches. The control of the length of each cable allows the 
control of the position and orientation of the mobile platform. Cable 
actuation enables the realization of robots having very large 
workspaces, potentially allowing the automation of tasks which can 
hardly be accomplished by conventional robots.

More information on these two positions can be found on the LIRMM 
Robotics Department website (http://www.lirmm.fr/w3rob/):



Application procedure: send a letter of motivation and a résumé (for the 
postdoc position, containing your publication list and a pointer to your 
PhD thesis). Letters of recommendation are not mandatory but appreciated.

Contact: to apply or for additional information, send an email to Marc 
GOUTTEFARDE (marc.gouttefarde at lirmm.fr).

LIRMM Robotics Department:

Marc Gouttefarde
CNRS - LIRMM Robotics Dpt
tel: +33 4 67 41 85 59
fax: +33 4 67 41 85 00
website: www.lirmm.fr/~gouttefard

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