[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded PhD Position in Long-Term Autonomy for Mobile Service Robots

Tom Duckett tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk
Wed Dec 11 02:54:36 PST 2013

Funded PhD position in Long-Term Autonomy for Mobile Service Robots

School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK

A PhD position is available in the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS) at the University of Lincoln UK. The position is funded for 3 years, including a bursary at the current RCUK doctoral stipend levels, tuition fees (fully covered for EU students only), and participation in international conferences and meetings.

This opportunity is part of an FP7 project called STRANDS (http://www.strands-project.eu), involving 30+ people, of whom a team of 5 already work at L-CAS (http://robots.lincoln.ac.uk). The STRANDS project investigates autonomous mobile robots that must perform 4D mapping in human environments, including security and care scenarios. By this we mean producing not just a map of space (3D mapping), but also of the activities that occur within that space. Such activity maps are necessary for robots to act autonomously within a space shared with humans for long periods of time.

The PhD position is offered in the area of long-term autonomy, including autonomous exploration to complete and refine the acquired 4D maps. The studentship offers the opportunity to engage in international collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contributions.

You should have a good Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. You should have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS), and be available to start work on the project early in 2014.

In the first instance please contact Tom Duckett and Marc Hanheide (tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk, mhanheide at lincoln.ac.uk), with your CV and transcript.  Put "STRANDS PhD application" in the subject line. If appropriate we will contact applicants to discuss things further.

Professor Tom Duckett
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Phone: +44 1522 837113
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