[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Phd position: Constrained Robotic Manipulation in Human-centered Environments

Yiannis Karayiannidis yiannis at chalmers.se
Fri Jul 31 09:16:29 PDT 2015

[Phd position: Constrained Robotic Manipulation in Human-centered Environments]

We invite applications for one doctoral student position in robot control and manipulation for human-centered environments and physical human robot interaction (pHRI). The doctoral student will work in the areas of robotics and automatic control emphasizing in robotic manipulation and adaptive control techniques.

The position is with the Mechatronics research group in the Division of Automatic Control, Automation and Mechatronics, Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.  For more information about the department please follow the link:  www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2<http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/s2>.

[Application deadline:] 15-08-2015

[How to apply:] The application procedure is described in the following link:

Assistant professor Yiannis Karayiannidis, e-mail: yiannis at chalmers.se<mailto:yiannis at chalmers.se>
Professor Jonas Sjöberg, e-mail: jonas.sjoberg at chalmers.se<mailto:jonas.sjoberg at chalmers.se>

Modern robotic applications require the design of human-friendly robots that are able to operate in environments designed for human inhabitants (human-centered environments) and to collaborate with possibly inexperienced human operators. Typical tasks involved in such applications are handing over an object to the robot and human-robot cooperative manipulation of a jointly held object. The high amount of uncertainty mainly related to the involvement of the human (e.g. the human imposes constraints that are unknown to the robot) can deteriorate the performance of the robot.
You are expected to design and test systems for robot control and estimation in order to enable a robot to perform constrained manipulation tasks in human-centered environments that may involve interaction with other dynamic agents (humans or robots) under uncertainties.

[Major responsibilities:]
The PhD student will carry out original research and complete coursework throughout the period of appointment. Results will be communicated in the form of scientific articles, conference presentations, etc. and the PhD thesis. The candidate will work under the supervision of senior researchers with background in robotics, automatic control and optimization with the Division of Automatic Control, Automation and Mechatronics. There will also be opportunities for collaboration with the Center for Autonomous Systems at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

The working time of a PhD student is mainly devoted to research. Undergraduate teaching duties, not exceeding 20% of the working time, may include supervision of MSc students.

[Position summary:]
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

Applicants should have a Master's degree (or Diploma) in Automation and Mechatronics or Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Applied Math, or an equivalent or similar background. Basic knowledge about control systems and robotics as well as experience in simulation of dynamical systems are required. Furthermore, the position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. High grades in relevant undergraduate courses, C/C++ and hardware implementation experience are advantageous.

Yiannis Karayiannidis, Phd
+ Assistant Professor
   Automatic Control, Automation and Mechatronics
   Department of  Signal and Systems
   Chalmers University of Technology
   SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
+ Researcher
    Center of Autonomous Systems
    School of Computer Science and Communication
    Royal Institue of Technology, KTH
    SE- 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone:   +46(0)31 772 1562  (Chalmers)
              +46(0)8 790 6734 (KTH)
              +46(0)729209806 (cell)
E-mail: yiannis at chalmers.se<mailto:yiannis at chalmers.se>; yiankar at kth.se<mailto:yiankar at kth.se>

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