[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD Openings in Autonomy for Aerial Robotics at the University of Nevada, Reno

KostasAlexis konstantinos.alexis at mavt.ethz.ch
Wed Jul 29 13:04:23 PDT 2015

** Abstract **

The recently established “AgilE RobotIcs & Autonomy Lab” (AERIAL) at the
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is opening PhD positions in the field of
advanced navigational and operational autonomy for aerial robotics. The main
focus of the envisaged research efforts will be related with leveraging the
currently achieved autonomy levels towards enabling what we call autonomous
aerial service robotic co–workers, a new class of robots that simultaneously
perceive their environment, decide their actions, collaborate with other
robots, plan and actuate themselves so that useful work tasks take place for
the benefit of our societies. We explicitly aim to contribute into closing
the “Perception–Navigation–Action loops” and through that not only improve
the individual modules (perception, path planning and control) but further
exploit them through their tight combination. PhD candidates with path
planning/control or robotic perception background are equally welcome to
apply. The salaries are competitive by international and national standards. 

Download the detailed call from http://www.kostas-alexis.com/positions OR

** Working Environment and Conditions **

The student will be based at the Computer Science & Engineering Department
of the University of Nevada, Reno and will have access to a number of
robotic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and all the required hardware components
and software tools, laboratory infrastructure for safe testing and
ground-truth analysis as well as access to large field–testing areas.
Interdisciplinary research is encouraged across laboratories, including the
Computer Vision Laboratory, the human-robot interaction team, the Human +
team, the Socially Assistive Robotics team and the group of researchers
under the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC). The
research group collaborates with leading national and international
laboratories. The PhD salaries are competitive by international and national
standards (1800 $ /month, tuition waiver and fringe benefits) while a highly
integrated, open to different cultures and experiences and top–notch
environment is to be expected.

** Requirements **

The ideal candidate holds (or is about to obtain) a first-class honor
undergraduate/postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science,
Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace
Engineering, Mathematics or has authored publications in recognized
conferences/journals. Good programming skills are necessary. We seek for
highly autonomous researchers but also good team players. Collegiality and
interpersonal skills are essential. Experience with robotics–related
projects will be highly valued, so make sure to mention these in your
application. Excellent English language
skills are highly desired. As 2+ positions are to be fulfilled, applicants
adept in both control/path-planning as well as robotic vision are equally
encouraged to submit their application.

** Submit your Application **

The positions are to be fulfilled immediately and ideally before the Spring
2016 Semester. Prospective candidates should submit their application by
e-mail to the following address by 30 September 2015:

Prof. Dr. Kostas Alexis
Dept. of Computer Science Engineering MS-171
University of Nevada, Reno
e-mail: kalexis at unr.edu
www-unr: http://www.unr.edu/cse/people/faculty/alexis
www-personal: http://www.kostas-alexis.com
Please include:
* A letter of motivation describing your skills and plans
* Your current CV
* A list of three references together with contact information
* Possible publications or any project description you consider relevant
Happen that you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kostas Alexis
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