[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

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 (

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:


Please contact me if you have questions.



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