[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position available at AASS, Örebro University, Sweden

Martin Magnusson martin.magnusson at oru.se
Tue Dec 27 08:12:13 PST 2016


                          PhD student Position
            AASS Research Center, Örebro University - Sweden

     Reliability-Aware Long-Term Mapping, Modeling and Predictions


Fully funded PhD-student position (2+2 years) available, starting in
January 2017 at the AASS Research Center, Örebro University, Sweden.
(Contact: Achim J. Lilienthal, achim.lilienthal at oru.se)

The position will be funded by a European robotics project on robotics
applied in intra-logistics environments.

Topic: "Reliability-Aware Long-Term Mapping, Modeling and Predictions"

While relatively mature methods for robot mapping and localization
exist today, long-term operation poses several challenges that are yet
to be overcome in a systematic way.

This research topic is concerned with, e.g., developing metrics for
assessing the reliability (precision and uncertainty) of map-building
and localization, as well as the long-term updating of robot maps,
thus enabling persistent, reliable self-localization in changing
environments -- especially in environments with significant perceptual
aliasing (such as industrial warehouses).

The topic also concerns novel modeling techniques, and making
predictions from patterns of events.  By learning over time from
typical motion patterns in the environment where the system is
deployed, it can better blend in with current operations, and make
predictions about future states by combining long-term mapping and
modeling, which is also a requirement for efficient and reliable
long-term operation.


Successful applicants will join the AASS (Applied Autonomous Sensor
Systems) research unit (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.oru.se_aass&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z6BJ1U5qQxY5Lh1eq7R2XpKW-3rMihHxMNu6bE6eqEA&s=K6EzjqpNpTjxEYZ2PkaYrGoUQewi4ZhAUW8Mfj8sA1s&e= ) at Örebro University,

Salaries for PhD students at Örebro University are internationally

With over 40 senior researchers and PhD students, AASS is one of the
largest robotics research groups in Sweden.  The research and human
environment at AASS is young and enthusiastic, and PhD students come
from many different countries and have different scientific and
cultural backgrounds.

AASS is involved in several international projects, thus providing
PhD students with opportunities to travel and work together with
people in other countries.

At AASS we perform multidisciplinary research in autonomous systems
with a focus on their perceptual and cognitive capabilities and their
integration.  In other words, we specialize in research that combines
field robotics -- i.e., real-world robot applications outside of lab
environments, in cooperation with industrial partners -- with
artificial intelligence for perception and reasoning.

We are internationally recognized for our work in key scientific areas
including planning and scheduling, 3D mapping and localization, hybrid
reasoning, and mobile robot olfaction.

Instructions for applicants

*Important*: Please indicate clearly in your application what your
preferred topic is.

**PhD student, Prerequisites and Application Process**

In addition to a strong interest in the topic, a solid theoretical
background and excellent programming skills, applicants should also
have the equivalent of a Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g.,
Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Robotics, Physics). Experience
in Robotics and AI and is a plus. It is not necessary to be familiar
with Swedish, but fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory.

To apply for a position, please send the following documents in PDF
format to Prof. Achim J. Lilienthal (achim.lilienthal at oru.se):
- a motivation letter,
- scanned course transcripts and degree certificate,
- a full CV,
- at least two academic references (names and contact details).

Contact: Prof. Achim J. Lilienthal (achim.lilienthal at oru.se)

Closing date: Applications can be sent immediately and will be
considered until the position is filled.

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