[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Four international PhD studentships in Robotics at the University of Leeds

Mehmet Dogar m.r.dogar at leeds.ac.uk
Wed Nov 30 07:07:13 PST 2016


The School of Computing at the University of Leeds is offering four PhD
studentships in robotics.

These scholarships covers tuition and maintenance fees for *international*
and UK/EU students. Therefore, international applicants are welcome to
apply.

Application deadline is 6 January 2017. However, we strongly encourage you
to apply earlier than the deadline, since we will be evaluating
applications as they arrive.

Each studentship is related to one of these four projects:
1. Active activity recognition on mobile robots
2. Robotic learning of physics to plan actions for tasks similar to the
Amazon Picking Challenge
3. Robotic manipulation planning for collaborative human-robot manufacturing
4. Curriculum learning for reinforcement learning agents

The links for each project are listed at the end of this e-mail. Please
follow the links for more information about each project and the associated
supervisors.

Even if you do not have any familiarity with the project topics, please do
not hesitate to apply if you are interested in intelligent robotics and if
you have a strong academic record.

You will be working in a lab equipped with new, state-of-the-art, robotic
equipment (including a UR-5 arm on a Ridgeback omni-directional base, a
bimanual Baxter robot, multiple Robotiq robot hands with force/torque
sensing, OptiTrack motion tracking, and a Metralabs Scitos A5 mobile robot
capable of autonomous navigation and activity tracking). University of
Leeds recently made a $6.5M investment in robotics research and in a
Robotics Center that our lab is affiliated with.

Students from Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical
Engineering, Control Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics
departments, and other related fields are welcome to apply.

Leeds is a vibrant, multi-cultural, fun, and party-loving student city. The
University of Leeds has recently been chosen as the University of the Year
in the UK, by The Times and The Sunday Times. Leeds is one of the leading
universities for research in the United Kingdom. The latest Research
Excellence Framework exercise, conducted by the UK government, identified
that 82.76% of Leeds’ research activity has a top quality rating of either
“world leading” or “internationally excellent”.


Project links:

1. Active activity recognition on mobile robots:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__engineering.leeds.ac.uk_research-2Dopportunity_994_active-2Dactivity-2Drecognition-2Dfrom-2Da-2Dmobile-2Drobot-2D&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=BGkG6ZXOpOv2TX0oGyVz-H6NGDq-sGwIKx4QvVQuE_g&s=8ZxSoDpL5KzZ87L-BTjyVcpDl8dZzBAPkzmjaJQ7YcU&e= 


2. Robotic learning of physics to plan actions for tasks similar to the
Amazon Picking Challenge:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__engineering.leeds.ac.uk_research-2Dopportunity_992_robotic-2Dlearning-2Dof-2Dphysics-2Dto-2Dplan-2Dactions-2Dfor-2Dtasks-2Dsimilar-2Dto-2Dthe-2Damazon-2Dpicking-2Dchallenge-2D&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=BGkG6ZXOpOv2TX0oGyVz-H6NGDq-sGwIKx4QvVQuE_g&s=hLsUGgB2HhT0YYsM7XPZeNKqKRtG283ygJQQM-S4ZsY&e= 


3. Robotic manipulation planning for collaborative human-robot
manufacturing:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__engineering.leeds.ac.uk_research-2Dopportunity_991_robotic-2Dmanipulation-2Dplanning-2Dfor-2Dcollaborative-2Dhuman-2Drobot-2Dmanufacturing-2D&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=BGkG6ZXOpOv2TX0oGyVz-H6NGDq-sGwIKx4QvVQuE_g&s=15sLJorv_cefgebbQ7Y28i2KA4-1NT_m_uOAb-DviFQ&e= 


4. Curriculum learning for reinforcement learning agents:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__engineering.leeds.ac.uk_research-2Dopportunity_988_curriculum-2Dlearning-2Dfor-2Dreinforcement-2Dlearning-2Dagents-2D&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=BGkG6ZXOpOv2TX0oGyVz-H6NGDq-sGwIKx4QvVQuE_g&s=McT8Gm3jUEnAo935m3cGFlMoBouhrThKpYWJfvYc4Kc&e= 


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Mehmet Dogar
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