[robotics-worldwide] PhD Position at the AASS Mobile Robotics and Olfaction Lab, Örebro, Sweden

Marcello Cirillo marcello.cirillo at aass.oru.se
Wed Jan 11 10:00:06 PST 2012

[Apologies for cross-postings]

One fully funded Ph.D. student position (3 years) in Mobile Robotics 
Olfaction is immediately available at the AASS Mobile Robotics and 
Olfaction Lab, University of Örebro, Sweden.

= Ph.D. Position =

"Path Planning Strategies for Gas Sensitive Mobile Robots"

The Ph.D. project is dedicated to research in the area of mobile robot 
olfaction, an area in which the AASS MR&O lab at Örebro University is 
one of the leading research groups world-wide. Mobile robot olfaction is 
concerned with different aspects of airborne chemical sensing with 
mobile robots in unconstrained environments and also relates to networks 
of stationary gas sensors. The enrolled PhD student will focus his/her 
research activity on designing path planning strategies to address 
mobile robotics olfaction tasks (e.g., gas source localization, and gas 
distribution mapping). Targeted milestones of this Ph.D. project are: 
(1) The development of a robotic simulation module that will enable not 
only the simulation of the robot behaviour, but also of the dispersion 
of gases in natural environments; (2) the design of path planning 
algorithms to drive the robot to optimal positions for the collection of 
relevant gas distribution data; (3) validation of the proposed 
algorithms both in simulation and on the field, with a mobile robot.

= Prerequisites =

In addition to a strong interest in the topic, a solid theoretical 
background and excellent programming skills, applicants should also have 
the equivalent of a Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g., Physics, 
Applied Mathematics, Robotics, Computer Science, etc). Experience in 
Robotics, AI Planning and/or Classical Mechanics is a plus. Proficiency 
in written/spoken English is mandatory.

= Application =

To apply for the position, please send a motivation letter along with an 
updated CV (including at least two academic references) by e mail to 
Assoc. Prof. Achim J. Lilienthal (achim.lilienthal at oru.se). Applications 
can be sent immediately and will be considered until the position is fixed.

= Environment =

The Ph.D. student will join the AASS Mobile Robot and Olfaction lab (see 
http://aass.oru.se/Research/mro/), one of the two research groups at the 
AASS (Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems) research unit 
(http://www.oru.se/aass). The research and human environment at AASS is 
young and enthusiastic, and Ph.D. students come from different countries 
and have different scientific and cultural backgrounds (currently there 
are 26 Ph.D. students from 13 different countries). AASS often hosts 
international researchers, and is involved in
several international projects, thus providing Ph.D. students with 
opportunities to travel and cooperate with people in other countries.

Contact: Assoc. Prof. Achim J. Lilienthal (achim.lilienthal at oru.se)

Closing date: Applications can be sent immediately and will be 
considered until the position is filled.

Detailed information can be found at



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