[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position in Humanoid Robotics

Alebotics alexrobotics at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 14:03:40 PST 2016


*PhD call in Humanoid Robotics*: Control of Multi-contact Behaviours of
Humanoids

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (http://www.edinburgh-robotics.org/)
offers a 4 year PhD programme through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral
Training (CDT) in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. One fully funded 4-year
sponsored PhD is available in Edinburgh starting September 2016, on the
topic of Control of Multi-contact Behaviours of Humanoids.


The research work will be carried out on the state-of-the-art humanoid
platform: NASA's superhero Valkyrie Humanoid (
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/nasa-jsc-unveils-valkyrie-drc-robot
)


Particular research areas of interest:

   -

   A generic optimisation framework that enables the interaction force
   control at the context of multi-contract and whole-body motion;
   -

   Utilisation of tactile sensor for identifying and classifying
   environmental contacts;
   -

   Integration with state estimation Pronto developed in the centre;
   -

   Variable compliance control and hybrid position/force regulation for
   handling complex physical interactions;
   -

   Adaptive control for coping with uncertainties, e.g. friction, slippage,
   as well as and sensor failures.


Other engineering, science or mathematical backgrounds studied to a
suitably qualified level may also be considered. A background in rigid body
dynamics and control of mechatronic systems is desirable.


This is a fully funded 4-year EPSRC RAS CDT Scholarship covering Home/EU
fees and stipend (£14,057 for 2016/17). Due to the nature of the funding,
this programme is limited to *UK and eligible EU students*.

Review/interview will start asap.

*Apply*: follow the procedure in (http://www.edinburgh-robotics.org/apply).

Find out more at:

https://sites.google.com/site/alexrobotics/job-opportunities


Please contact me if you have questions.

Best,

Alex


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