[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Position - MULTIPLE ROBOT COORDINATION

Ioseba (Joe) Tena ioseba.tena at seebyte.com
Mon Jan 11 01:49:52 PST 2016


OPEN PHD POSITION - MULTIPLE ROBOT COORDINATION FOR LOW COST FULL WATER COLUMNS MARINE SURVEYS

SeeByte is a world leader in smart software for autonomous maritime robotic systems, providing innovative solutions to the defence, offshore and marine science sectors. SeeByte has recently developed the Marine Autonomy Framework in collaboration with DSTL to support the deployment of collectives of autonomous maritime robotic systems working collaboratively. The framework is now implemented on multiple assets including surface and underwater robotic vehicles.

The system currently supports a limited number of behaviours at platform level and has an effective but limited collaboration mission planning ability. As part of an Innovate UK funded project in collaboration with other partners, we are looking at expanding the capabilities of the system to support long term near shore surveys using a surface and one or more underwater robots in realistic environments. The intention is to develop a system that will, for the first time, minimise the loading on operators, and reliance on a support ship. Both the Unmanned Surface Vehicle(USV) robot and Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) robot will be deployed from the shore and will transit to the survey site with minimal operator oversight and without the need for a support vessel. The UUV will be positioned and communicated with acoustically from the USV. Once at the survey site the USV will act as a positioning aid and a communications relay for the UUV.

There is the potential for a PhD to work in parallel with this project to develop new techniques that can improve both vehicle behaviours (including COLREGS to enforce safe navigation of surface vehicles) as well as multi-robot mission planning with uncertain and limited communications between assets. You will work alongside experts in the field and will have access to unique robotic platforms to validate your research.

We are looking for students with a strong scientific background, the ability to work in a team, respond to a dynamic environment and motivated to solve real world problems. The suitable candidate will be interviewed by SeeByte Ltd personnel as well as university staff. The successful candidate will become part of the SeeByte R&D team. He/she will be allocated a SeeByte and an academic supervisor. Due to the possible restricted nature of some of the work performed in SeeByte, we will only consider UK/EU applicants.

The student will mostly be based in SeeByte and will be part of a team of researchers and engineers. The main role will be to research new techniques suitable to tackle these issues and apply them to relevant problems, sensors and datasets in SeeByte, implement them on real platforms and validate your research.

For more details, please contact:
Y.R.Petillot[at]hw.ac.uk
R&D Manager




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