[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral Positions, Harvard Robobees Project

Radhika Nagpal rad at eecs.harvard.edu
Mon Mar 12 13:10:35 PDT 2012

The Harvard RoboBees project (http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu) is
aimed at developing autonomous micro-aerial vehicle collectives
inspired by honeybee colonies. This project is funded through an NSF
Expeditions in Computing grant and involves a wide range of research
themes in microscale robotics, autonomous bio-inspired aerial
vehicles, multi-robot algorithms, and novel programming models.

The RoboBees project has multiple openings for postdoctoral
researchers in the following areas:

(1) Theory of collective robotic systems

The goal of this position will be to develop theoretical and
algorithmic frameworks for programming large-scale robot collectives
and for understanding social insect colony behaviors. Requirement: PhD
in Computer Science or Applied Math and research background in
distributed algorithms, multi-robot or mobile distributed systems,
distributed control, models of insect colony behavior, etc.

(2) Bio-inspired autonomous aerial vehicles

The goal of this position will be to develop novel autonomous and
lightweight aerial vehicles, by integrating bio-inspired sensors for
optical flow and template sensing, building on current work in the
heliswarm lab. Requirement: Background in aerial robotics hardware
design, aerial controls, robot sensing, etc. 

We are looking for highly-motivated and creative young scientists with
strong background and interests in collective aerial robotics. This is
a highly interdisciplinary project and the postdoctoral fellow will
have an opportunity to work closely with multiple faculty (Nagpal,
Wood, Zickler, Ayers) across robotics, theory, and biology.

To apply, please send 
(a) your CV 
(b) a research statement, discussing your interests related to this position
(c) the names of two references 

to Prof. Radhika Nagpal (rad at eecs.harvard.edu) with the subject line
"RoboBees postdoc application". The deadline for applications is April
15, 2012; we hope to make decisions by May 15. Harvard University is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from
women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

For more information on the project, please see


Radhika Nagpal
Associate Professor of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Harvard University

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