[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two postdoc positions available at Duke - Robot Planning and Control

Kristoffer Hauser kris.hauser at duke.edu
Wed Jul 30 14:12:16 PDT 2014


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  Two Postdoctoral Positions Available:

     - Planning and Control of Legged Robots

     - Real-time Optimal Motion Planning

   Intelligent Motion Lab

   Duke University
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Two postdoctoral researcher positions are available in the Intelligent Motion Lab (IML) at Duke University's  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.  IML conducts research on planning and control for dynamic, high-dimensional systems in complex environments. Applications include intelligent vehicles, robot manipulation, legged locomotion, human-robot interaction, robot- and computer-assisted medicine.


1. Planning and Control of Legged Robots

The researcher is expected to work under Prof. Kris Hauser on planning and control techniques for legged robots in extreme terrain, including vertical climbing on natural and man-made structures, full-body locomotion, and simultaneous locomotion and manipulation.  The postdoc is expected to  conduct a vigorous research program in collaboration with Prof. Hauser, graduate and undergraduate students, and outside collaborators.  The researcher is expected to make both contributions of a theoretical nature as well as practical demonstrations of research products on physical robots.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated a track record of high-quality academic publications and scholarly engagement with the robotics community.  They will also have demonstrated familiarity and/or expertise with planning and control algorithms, robot contact modeling, as well as working with large software systems.  Research interests in related topics (e.g., perception and user interfaces) are also a plus.

This position is open from September 2014 with funding guaranteed for one year, with the possibility of renewing for one or more subsequent years.  Salary is competitive.  To apply, please email a CV and webpage to Kris Hauser at: kris.hauser at duke.edu<mailto:kris.hauser at duke.edu>.


2. Real-time Optimal Motion Planning

The researcher is expected to work under Prof. Kris Hauser on fast optimal motion planning algorithms for real-time reactivity, e.g., for intelligent vehicles, human-robot interaction, robot manipulators, and legged locomotion.  The researcher is expected to conduct a vigorous research program in collaboration with Prof. Hauser and graduate students.  The candidate is expected to apply techniques from numerical optimization, geometric algorithms, high-performance computing, and/or machine learning to achieve orders-of-magnitude speed improvements for highly-reactive planners.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated a track record of high-quality academic publications and scholarly engagement with the robotics, AI planning, and/or optimization community.  Contributions to open-source software projects and research experience in application areas (e.g., intelligent vehicles, human-robot interaction, legged robots) are also a plus.

This position is open from September 2014 with funding guaranteed for one year, with the possibility of renewing for one or more subsequent years.  Salary is competitive.  To apply, please email a CV to Kris Hauser at: kris.hauser at duke.edu<mailto:kris.hauser at duke.edu>.

For more information about IML, please visit http://www.indiana.edu/~motion
(Note: the web page is in transition from Indiana University)

Kris Hauser, PhD
Associate Professor
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

(In transition from Indiana University)
Personal webpage: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~hauserk
Lab webpage: http://www.iu.edu/~motion
Office: (812) 856-7496     Fax: (812) 855-4829



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