[robotics-worldwide] PhD Studentship in Robotics opening at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse

Philippe Souères soueres at laas.fr
Fri Feb 15 01:13:08 PST 2013

PhD Studentship in Robotics opening at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France, in the Gepetto team, which is a leader in motion generation and control of anthropomorphic systems http://projects.laas.fr/gepetto/

Applications are invited for a 3-years PhD scholarship on the research subject: "Development of a new prototype of mechanically compliant actuator and application to the control of anthropomorphic systems". 

The research project aims at developing a new prototype of mechanically compliant, agonist-antagonist,actuator, with controlled stiffness, for anthropomorphic systems. The first part of the work will concern the choice of design and the construction of the actuator in collaboration with the mechanical technicians and roboticists of the lab. In parallel, a model of the actuator dynamics will be synthesized and integrated within the software environment developed by the team, in order to generate and simulate different kinds of complex movements. Using the mechanical system and the  numerical simulator, tests will be done in order to evaluate the potential of this actuator and compare with other kind of devices, such as  fluidic muscles, and with the human body capabilities. 

The successful candidate is expected to have:

- A degree(s) in Engineering, Mechatronics, Mechanics or a related field, 
- Programming skills in C/C++, Matlab 
- Good knowledge in Robotics, Mechanics and Control 
- Fluency in spoken and written English or French

The position is available on October 2013. Applicants are invited to send their Curriculum Vitae, motivation letter and references to  Philippe Souères:  soueres at laas.fr or to bertrand.tondu at insa-toulouse.fr

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