[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Position in Clermont Ferrand (France) : Motion planning

Sébastien Lengagne lengagne at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 02:10:30 PDT 2015

PhD Position: Motion planning of multiple robotic systems for plane stripping

Laboratory:  Institut Pascal, CNRS/UBP/IFMA, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

Profile: robotics, mechanical, control and electrical engineering

Employment contract : PhD Scholarship (3 years starting from october 2015)

Contact:sebastien.lengagne at univ-bpclermont.fr  /youcef.mezouar at ifma.fr


The Institut Pascal, CNRS/UBP/IFMA laboratory at Clermont-Ferrand (France), opens a PhD position for highly motivated candidates interested in completing a PhD thesis on robotics.
Positions will start in October 2015 and will be based on contracts of 3 years. The retained candidates will work in the research team MACCS (http://maccs.univ-bpclermont.fr/) and will obtain a PhD degree by the University Blaise Pascal.

This PhD is part of a French project that consists in stripping planes using one to four robotic systems composed of a mobile platform holding a crane. The stripping tool is connected to the crane via an industrial robot manipulator. The mobile platform and the crane will be moved manually.

The goal of this PhD is to optimize the trajectory of the whole robotic systems in order to optimally strip the plane. The optimal trajectory must take into account the physical limits of the robotic systems such as joint position and torque limits, collision and self-collision avoidance. The trajectory must also take into account the flexibilities of the mechanical structure and the possible error in manual control of the mobile platform and of the crane.

Two research lines can be considered. The first one will be based on supervised learning techniques. The second one will involve optimization techniques based on a 3D model of the planes.

A Master degree in Robotics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or other related areas.
The successful candidate should have a strong background in robotics, optimization techniques and C/C++ programming. Experience in Learning Techniques and Interval Analysis would be appreciated.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, basic level of French, creative, inquiring mind, persevering, ability to work in a team.

The candidates should send their candidatures via email atyoucef.mezouar at ifma.fr  andsebastien.lengagne at univ-bpclermont.fr, including: (1) their CVs, (2) motivation letter, (3) transcripts of previous university degrees (unofficial are enough now), (4) previous research publications (if existing) and (5) contact information of 2 or 3 people who could serve as references. Candidatures should be sent as soon as possible and in any case before August 31th 2015. Selected candidates will be contacted later for interviews.

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