[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Multiple Graduate Research Assistant positions in robotics at Virginia Tech (Tomonari Furukawa)

Tomonari Furukawa tomonari at vt.edu
Thu Aug 11 15:59:50 PDT 2016

Multiple Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) will be available for
graduate students pursuing Ph.D in robotics at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (known as Virginia Tech), USA from Spring

Computational Multiphysics Systems (CMS) Lab (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.me.vt.edu_cms&d=DQICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=eri1Ndv-XVO4lJwUHTDntHQKwnt9PTqZK_-orSVa-xM&s=J-hW3S1OOEVjSIjGcqGFnyzXiI-vB9ORGCgaaGjG_vs&e= ) and
Mitchell Robotics Laboratory (former TREC lab;  (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.me.vt.edu_trec&d=DQICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=eri1Ndv-XVO4lJwUHTDntHQKwnt9PTqZK_-orSVa-xM&s=42Mlq0P9zSq2GNjRR8Pu-2-f2aG0vKIoup7Z6RX9cXM&e= )
directed by Prof. Tomonari Furukawa focus on research areas including
robotics and autonomous systems.  Prof. Furukawa also led the Virginia
Tech's team for DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in June 2015 and is currently
leading the Virginia Tech's team for MBZIRC2017 to be held in March 2017. 
The positions are for robotics oriented projects funded by the US Gov't,
industry and other sponsors, which are on
* Cooperative perception and control of UAV and UGV systems;
* Autonomous driving;
* Mobile manipulation; and
* Infrastructural robotics.

Students having strength in theory of probabilistic robotics, mechatronics
and/or programming are particularly pursued.

Essential qualifications/skills are
1. MS in the robotics-related field such as mechanical engineering,
mechatronic engineering, electrical engineering and computer science;
2. Proven record of publications in a relevant research field: At least one
international journal paper or two international conference papers
3. Strong knowledge/experience in mechatronics/electronics or in ROS and
C++/Python programming

The link to apply for a Ph.D. application (deadline September 1st):
Following the submission of the online application, please send CV to Prof.
Furukawa (tomonari at vt.edu).

Virginia Tech is a public research university with a main campus in
Blacksburg, VA.  Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree
programs to some 29,373 students and manages a research portfolio of $513
million.  Departments in College of Engineering including Mechanical
Engineering is constantly ranked within top 20 in the US in graduate
research and education.  Robotics and autonomous systems research is
traditionally strong, and Virginia Tech was one of the few universities that
became a finalist in both the aforementioned DARPA Robotics Challenge in
2015 and DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007 (3rd place after CMU and Stanford).

Tomo Furukawa
Tomonari Furukawa, Ph.D
Department of Mechanical Engineering
225 Goodwin Hall, Virginia Tech
635 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA
E-mail: tomonari at vt.edu, URL: www.me.vt.edu/cms/, www.me.vt.edu/trec/
Tel: 540-231-9311/2396

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