[robotics-worldwide] Ph.D. Assistantship Available on Aerial Robots at the University of Kansas

Haiyang Chao haiyang.chao at aggiemail.usu.edu
Fri Aug 23 10:01:56 PDT 2013


 The Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Kansas (www.*ae*
.engr.*ku*.edu <www.ae.engr.ku.edu>) has two immediate openings for Ph.D.
graduate research assistants. The successful candidates will work on
developing new methodologies and novel systems to increase the safety,
intelligence, and robustness of both manned and unmanned aircraft. Current
research topics include vision-aided navigation (e.g., optical flow), small
UAV development for remote sensing, wind/turbulence/wake sensing and wind
soaring, cooperative control (e.g., tight formation flight), etc. The long
term goal is to understand how birds interact with surrounding environments
such as obstacles or winds, and utilize these strategies to help solving
real-world engineering problems. Emphasis will be put on new
algorithm/system development as well as flight test validations using small
UAV platforms.

Applicants should hold a B.S. or M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields. Desired
candidates should have combined skills of both control/estimation theories
and hands-on capabilities for small UAV development and flight testing.
Desired skills include basic flight controller/filter design (PID/LQR
controller, Kalman filter), C and MATLAB/Simulink programming, embedded
system development. Students with experiences on Remote Controlled (RC)
airplanes and Paparazzi /Procerus/Piccolo autopilots are especially
welcomed to apply. Please contact Dr. Haiyang Chao (<mailto:
chaohaiyang at ku.edu>) with detailed CV and copies of transcript(s) for
initial review.

The University of Kansas (KU) is among the 63 members of the Association of
American Universities, an organization of leading research universities
devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.
The faculty at the Aerospace Engineering Department is currently engaged in
a wide range of sponsored research, including the design, manufacture and
flight of autonomous and semi-autonomous aircraft. General guideline of
admission to graduate study at KUAE is referred to
http://ae.engr.ku.edu/graduate/admissions.html.


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