[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Embedded HW/SW Design for Very Large Scale Robotic System deployment

ewilhelm erik.wilhelm at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 16:43:07 PDT 2015


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The Motion, Energy, and Control Lab at the SUTD (co-founded with MIT) is
looking for candidates to support the development of low-cost, 802.11 sensor
nodes for connecting devices and collecting data in Singapore. The SenSing
sensor nodes are designed in a multi-modal way, to be carried by people, as
well as to provide the supervisory control huge swarms of low-cost
differentially-driven robots: 
- low-cost, non-invasive, and ubiquitous, 
- provide simple, intuitive ways to gather environmental data, communicate,
explore
- study field robotics and artificial life

Embedded system design and programming, as well as machine learning and ad
hoc networking will feature prominently in this work, as will the ability to
design, test, and validate PCB, firmware, and electronic systems. 

The sensors will allow various physical parameters such as temperature,
light, humidity, noise levels, motion, images, and location to be recorded
at meaningful intervals. Additional sensors can be included as needed as the
project progresses, due to the modular and scalable design. The nodes are
capable of communicating with the robot base through a UART serial
connection. The collected data from both human and robotic operation will be
transmitted wirelessly to a central server via both star-shaped and meshing
networks, where it is anonymously stored. The sensor and robotic base
hardware and software are designed for their ease of use, low cost, and
robustness to shock, ingress, vibration etc. The sensors themselves are
pocket-sized, and include both USB-recharging as well as solar-powered
trickle-charging. They can be deployed both indoors and outdoors to enable a
wide range social and artificial life experiments. The proposed platform is
designed to scale into large scale deployment to answer scientific questions
about harnessing adaptive algorithms for robust communication, analysis of
changing environmental conditions, traffic and urban noise studies, and
artificial life. 

Tasks: 

·  Pa  Participate in research and development activities centered around
developing a very large scale distributed sensing and robotic control
platform, 

·        Develop research questions and test hypotheses to guide the
research towards advancing the state of the art in: 

o   Sensing systems 

o   Wireless sensor network control 

o   Big data collection and visualization 

o   Artificial life and adaptive robotic control

·        Provide technical support to academic staff in the development of
sensor systems, student experiments, and special projects 

·        Assist faculty and researchers in presenting and disseminating
research results 

·        Lead a team of research assistants and graduate students in
performing high-impact research 

 Criteria: 

     BASc/ MASc / PhD in Electronics/Electrical/Mechanical/Computer
Engineering 
     Research experience in developing both practical technological
solutions as well as novel theory 
    Experience managing projects where fabrication and production of
electronics was required (i.e. Experience with PCB design CAD)
Experience with embedded programming in C, C++
    Measurement and automation, control, or sensing experience, 
    A positive attitude with the ability to communicate well at all levels 
    A team player 




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