[robotics-worldwide] several PhD positions at Jacobs Robotics

Andreas Birk a.birk at jacobs-university.de
Mon May 23 02:50:38 PDT 2011


The Robotics Group at Jacobs University 
(http://robotics.jacobs-university.de) in Bremen, Germany has several 
openings for PhD students. The Robotics Group does research on 3D 
Perception and Mapping in unstructured environments. Examples include 
Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), Marine Robotics, and 
semi-structured application domains like Logistics. Jacobs University 
offers an English-speaking, international working environment. The 
positions are within different international projects, i.e., there will 
be the opportunity to collaborate with other well-known research 
institutions.

Candidates should fit one of the following profiles:

1) 3D Underwater Perception and Mapping. This position requires 
significant experience with ROV/AUV design and system integration. The 
ideal candidate should have some electronics or mechanical engineering 
background while being experienced with system-level programming. 
Previous work with sonar or underwater vision is a plus. There are 
currently two AUVs and one crawler available within the robotics group 
which a rich set of sensors. The position is within the EU-project 
“Cooperative Cognitive Control for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles 
(Co3-AUVs)” and it will be continued within a follow-up project that 
starts within the next months.

2) 3D Dynamic Semantic Mapping. This position builds upon existing work 
within the Jacobs robotics group on 3D sensing, 6-DoF registration and 
SLAM. The related work includes the development of a simulation-like 
representation of the 3D Dynamic Semantic Map that facilitates 
anticipation. Candidates should hence have some experience with 3D 
visualization and physics engines, ideally OGRE and Bullet. The position 
is within the EU-project “Cognitive Robot for Automation of Logistic 
Processes (RobLog)”.

3) 3D Object Recognition. The focus of this position is to explore the 
potential of 3D range information in combination with 2D visual data for 
object recognition including the learning of object models and 
categories in challenging real world scenes. This position builds upon 
existing work within the Jacobs robotics group on 3D sensing, surface 
representations, and 6-DoF registration. A computational geometry 
background is a plus. The position is within the EU-project “Cognitive 
Robot for Automation of Logistic Processes (RobLog)”.

Applicants for all three profiles should be skillful C++ programmers. 
Experience with Willow Garage's ROS is a plus. Please send your 
application with the subject line “PhD position” to Andreas Birk 
(a.birk at jacobs-university.de).

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Birk
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Jacobs University

School of Engineering and Science
Research 1, Campus Ring 12, 28759 Bremen, Germany

http://robotics.jacobs-university.de/
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