[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Positions at the University of Edinburgh: Visual Navigation and Motion Planning for humanoid robotics

Maurice Fallon maurice.fallon at ed.ac.uk
Mon Mar 16 05:05:43 PDT 2015

****************** PhD Positions at the University of Edinburgh 

Multiple PhD positions are available in Visual Navigation and Motion 
Planning for humanoid robotics:
- Start date and duration: September 2015, 4 years.
- Location: University of Edinburgh
- Programme: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and 
Autonomous Systems, with Heriot Watt University
- Deadline for submission: April 17, 2015


- Fully funded studentships covering tuition fees and maintenance at 
prevailing EPSRC rates.

- Research will be focused on semi-autonomous visual manipulation. This 
will involve the development of multi-sensor Simultaneous
   Localization And Mapping (SLAM) algorithms for manipulation as well 
as whole-body motion planning, with a focus towards humanoid systems.

- Application of the developed methods will be on our state-of-the-art 
humanoid platform: the NASA Valkyrie. The project will involve 
collaborating with
   NASA's Johnson Space Center. Internship at a NASA-JSC is a 
possibility for excellent candidates.

- The first year of the programme will involve taught courses leading to 
a Masters degree. This will be followed by 3 years focusing on your own 
research project.

- Access to our world class infrastructure, enhanced through a recent 
£6.1m EPSRC capital grant.

Candidate Profile:

The candidate will hold a relevant degree (Computer Science or 
Engineering) as well as good programming skills and a strong 
mathematical background.
Experience in Robotics and Computer Vision is a plus.

She/he must be highly motivated and must have:
- experience in writing scientific reports
- excellent communication skills in English (both writing and speaking)
- good attitude towards team working in an international environment.

Additional information:

- The candidate will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Maurice 
Fallon and Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar

- Interested applicants are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Fallon 
(maurice.fallon at ed.ac.uk) before applying.

- Additional information:

- One additional 4 year industrial studentship in collaboration with 
Costain with an industrial internship (minimum 3 months) is also available.

How to Apply:

Application should be made before April 17, 2015, through the on-line 
application system:

Immediate applications are recommended as interview and allocation are 
made on a rolling basis.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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