[robotics-worldwide] PhD Student Opening, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan

Barkan Ugurlu barkanu at toyota-ti.ac.jp
Mon Oct 10 23:24:05 PDT 2011

PhD Student Openings in Compliant Robotics
Department of Advanced Science and Technology
Control Systems Laboratory
Toyota Technological Institute

The Control Systems Laboratory in Toyota Technological Institute, 
Nagoya, Japan, has new openings for PhD students within the research 
area of Compliant Motion Generation for Legged Systems.
Here are the descriptions for research themes:

Theme 1: Multimodal Biped Robot Locomotion Through the Utilization of 
Active/Passive Compliance

The de-facto approach so far in humanoid robotics was to make use of 
non-backdrivable stiff transmissions systems that are combined with high 
gain servo controllers.
Although these properties provide highly precise positioning, the 
resulting large mechanical output impedance makes them inherently 
incapable of handling the unpredictable environmental conditions.
This research theme is aimed at remedying these problems by exploiting 
the compliance control in multimodal biped robot locomotion.

Theme 2: Exoskeleton/Power Assist Robot Control

In Control Systems Laboratory of Toyota Technological Institute, we 
built a whole-body power assist robot to provide power augmentation for 
Power augmentation is required in various situations; i) Manipulating 
heavy objects (upper body) or ii) providing assistance to legs for 
walking motion (lower body)
The main goal in this research topic is to develop a control methodology 
which handles the aforementioned power augmentation scenes while 
ensuring the safe human-robot co-existence.

The PhD students will be supervised by Prof. Tatsuo Narikiyo, Prof. 
Michihiro Kawanishi and Dr. Barkan Ugurlu. Monthly scholarships will be 

We are seeking open-minded and ambitious real team players who possess 
Master's degree in Electrical/Mechanical/Mechatronic Engineering or 
Computer Science, with a strong background in Robotics Manipulation and 
Control Theory.
Candidates should also be good at programming in MATLAB and C/C++.
Additional research/experience on legged locomotion, machine learning, 
advanced control, mechatronic system design is a plus.

The research environment requires mastering the English language in both 
writing, speaking and reading.
Gradually increasing Japanese language ability will make your life more 
enjoyable in Japan, but not required.

To apply, please send the following documents to Barkan Ugurlu; 
barkanu at toyota-ti.ac.jp <mailto:barkanu at toyota-ti.ac.jp>.

i) Detailed CV
ii) Research Statement, 1-2 pages (Please choose either Theme 1 or Theme 
2. Not both!)
iii) Two reference letters
iv) Transcripts of grades
v) Master's Thesis
vi) Publications (if any)
vii) Any other additional support material.

Toyota Technological Institute is located in Nagoya, the third largest 
incorporated city in Japan. [Wiki]. Refer to the following Wiki article 
for more information about Nagoya.

For inquiries regarding the research themes, please contact to Barkan 
Ugurlu: barkanu at toyota-ti.ac.jp <mailto:barkanu at toyota-ti.ac.jp>.

Toyota Technological Institute is an equal opportunity/affirmative 
actionemployer and applications from women are strongly encouraged.
International applications are strongly encouraged and will receive 
support about visa applications etc.

Barkan Ugurlu, PhD
Control Systems Laboratory
Toyota Technological Institute
2-12-1 Hisakata, Tempaku
468-8511 Nagoya, JAPAn
barkanu at toyota-ti.ac.jp <mailto:barkanu at toyota-ti.ac.jp>

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