[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Fully-funded Ph.D. Positions in Robotics and Machine Learning at Rutgers University

Abdeslam boularias at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 20:46:56 PST 2015

Fully-funded Ph.D. Positions in Robotics and Machine Learning at Rutgers
The robotics labs at the Computer Science department of Rutgers University
(led by Kostas Bekris, Abdeslam Boularias and Jingjin Yu) are seeking for
several highly qualified Ph.D. students with strong interests in one or more
of the following research topics:

* Machine Learning for Robotics (especially Reinforcement Learning,
Imitation, and Model Learning)
* Robot Grasping and Manipulation
* Multi-robot Systems and Robotic Swarms
* Planning and Control
* Human-Robot Interaction
* Cognitive Robotics
* Learning to Control from Tactile Feedback
* Robot Vision

Outstanding students from the areas of robotics and robotics-related areas
including machine learning, artificial intelligence, control or computer
vision are welcome to apply. The candidates are expected to conduct
fundamental research and at the same time contribute to ongoing projects in
the areas listed above. Successful candidates are expected to publish
regularly scholarly papers and participate in international conferences, as
well as partake in collaborations with top research groups and government
labs in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. Successful candidates
will furthermore be given the opportunity to work with undergraduate and
M.Sc. students.

More background can be found on the homepages of the faculty advisors:


About the applicant

A successful candidate should be self-driven and preferably have the
following skills:
- Excellent programming skills in C++
- Strong background in mathematics (linear algebra, optimization,
probability and statistics)
- Excitement to work with and contribute in the development of open-source
software packages in robotics
- B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Computer Science/Mechanical Engineering/Electrical
Engineering/Computer Vision/Robotics and related fields

Experience with real robots and prior relevant research experience are
appreciated but not required.

How to apply?

For information regarding the application procedure, please consult:
The deadline to be considered for the fall semester of 2016 is January 1st.  
All complete applications should be submitted through our online application
system found at:

Robotics at Rutgers

The robotics labs at Rutgers aim at endowing robots with the ability to
learn and plan new tasks and adapt their behavior to their environment. To
accomplish this goal, we focus on the intersection between Planning,
Learning, Robotics and Perception. Resulting research topics range from
algorithm development in planning and machine learning over robot
grasping/manipulation to multi-robot coordination and natural human-robot
interfaces. The labs collaborate with numerous top institutes and government
research labs in Europe, Australia, Canada, the USA and Japan, which are
active in robotics and machine learning.

About Rutgers University

Rutgers University is the eighth-oldest college in the United States, one of
the top universities in the world and this year it celebrates 250 years
since its establishment. Rutgers is well known for its research and teaching
as it regularly ranks in the top 50 universities in the Academic Ranking of
World Universities (http://www.shanghairanking.com/). Rutgers University
offers an exciting and multidisciplinary research environment and encourages
collaborations between Computer Science and other disciplines.

Its location close to major metropolitan areas along the Northeastern US
provides many cultural and social opportunities. Rutgers is also in the
middle of the greatest concentration of industrial and government research
laboratories in the U.S. It takes less than an hour to get from the nearby
New Brunswick, NJ train station to Manhattan's Penn Station.

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