[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research engineer position in multi-robots and quadrotor UAVs at Inria/Irisa, Rennes, France

Paolo Robuffo Giordano paolo.robuffo_giordano at irisa.fr
Wed Oct 8 01:16:53 PDT 2014

The Lagadic group at Inria/Irisa Rennes, France


has an open position for a *research engineer* in the field of 
decentralized estimation and control for multiple quadrotor UAVs.


The engineer will be in charge of the hardware/software 
development/maintenance for collective flight control of a group of 
quadrotor UAVs. The goal of the project is to deploy a team of 
quadrotors truly able to autonomously navigate in indoor/outdoor 
cluttered environments by only relying on onboard sensing (mainly 
vision), onboard communication and onboard distributed processing power 
(thus, without external aids such as gps/vicon or central processing units).
The project will involve theoretical advancements in sensor-based 
decentralized estimation and control exploiting vision as main sensory 
modality, as well as sound and robust implementations for deployment in 
real-world conditions. The ultimate goal is to demonstrate the 
feasibility of deploying a team of multiple UAVs in harsh environments 
with the highest possible level of autonomy and robustness.


The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong background in the field 
of robotics (algorithm design and software development), and must be a 
proficient user of C/C++ and ROS.
A M.Sc. degree in computer science, engineering, applied mathematics (or 
related fields) is a minimum requirement, while a Ph.D. degree is a 
plus. The willingness to master new hardware/software tools, to be open 
to novelties and to be fond of testing robotics algorithms in real 
conditions is also required.

Good knowledge of:

- Robotic simulator softwares (such as Gazebo or V-REP)
- Matlab/Simulink
- Image processing

is a plus.


The position is funded for 24 months starting from 12/2014 at the 
earliest. Salary and health insurance are regulated by French Law and 
depends upon the successful candidate experience.

The candidate will be under the supervision of Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano


and will work in close collaboration with other members of the Lagadic 
group involved in the project.


The Lagadic group


is internationally recognized for its scientific activity as well as for 
technology transfer experiences in the field of visual tracking, visual 
servoing, computer vision and sensor-based control for robotics 
applications. The facilities available in the group include three 6-dof 
manipulator arms, a pioneer indoor mobile robot, a state-of-the-art 
human-size humanoid robot (Romeo), a fleet of quadrotor UAVs, and an 
indoor large testing arena instrumented with Vicon.
The Lagadic group is part of the Inria/Irisa lab that spreads its 
activities in 30 research teams working in computer science, signal 
processing, and control. It involves about 650 people, including 120 
professors and assistant professors, 100 full-time researchers, 80 
administrative staff, and 250 PhD students.


Interested candidates must send to Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano (prg [at] 
irisa.fr) the following material:

- motivation letter
- detailed CV
- name of at least two referees
- any relevant information for proving the experience and willingness of 
the candidate in designing, developing, and testing complex robotic 

Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Lagadic Team, Irisa and Inria Bretagne Atlantique
Campus Universitaire de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)2 99842545
Fax: +33 (0)2 99847171
Email: prg at irisa.fr
Website: http://www.irisa.fr/lagadic/team/Paolo.Robuffo_Giordano.html
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MPIRobotics

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