[robotics-worldwide] Open Postdoc Position in Autonomous Construction by a Team of Robots

Francesco Mondada Francesco.Mondada at epfl.ch
Wed Jan 16 13:03:39 PST 2013

The Miniature Mobile Robots group invites applications for a postdoctoral research position.

The research will involve development of the distributed planning and control system for a team of mobile robots to carry out the autonomous collaborative construction of roofed structures. The main focus is on applying combinations of AI-based planning methods and machine-learning algorithms to solve autonomous-construction problems with mobile robots, in a real-world but scaled-down setup. The postdoctoral researcher will investigate different approaches to failure detection and recovery on the individual and collective level. This involves a good amount of experimentation with the real robots. The researcher will participate in the design of experimental and monitoring tools to validate different approaches to construction tasks varying from bio-inspired mechanisms to more classical AI approaches. The postdoctoral researcher will also take a part in the teaching and academic activities of the laboratory, which involve mentoring of PhD students.

Excellent programming skills are required for this position. Candidates should have a recent PhD in Computer Science, Robotics or related areas with a strong background in Hardware/Software Integration proved by publications. High expertise in C++ is required, as well as proficiency in Python or other scripting languages. Experience developing software in team using source code management (e.g. git) is a plus.

This research positions is within the context of the H2Swarm project funded by the European Science Foundation within the EUROCORES programme "Bio-inspired Engineering of Sensors, Actuators & Systems (EuroBioSAS). The position is limited to 16 months. Anticipated starting date is the March 1st, 2013 or earlier. Please send a letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae and two academic references to Francesco Mondada ( http://people.epfl.ch/francesco.mondada ).

Dr. Francesco Mondada
Senior researcher, MER

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)

Postal address:
Francesco Mondada 
bureau MEB330, Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

tel: +41 21 693 73 57
fax: +41 21 693 78 07

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