[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PostDoc Position in Shared Control of Multiple UAVs at INRIA/IRISA-CNRS, Rennes, France

Paolo Robuffo Giordano paolo.robuffo_giordano at irisa.fr
Mon Oct 10 08:46:21 PDT 2016

The *Lagadic* group at the *INRIA/IRISA-CNRS* center in Rennes, France,


has an open *PostDoc position* on *shared control algorithms for 
multiple quadrotor UAVs interacting with the environment*.


Note: I am attending IROS. Please contact me if you'd like to meet.



One of our goals is to enable a human operator to (remotely) control a 
group of quadrotors performing some physical interaction task (such as 
pushing/pulling/transporting a common object) while, at the same time, 
receive force feedback about the forces exchanged between the UAVs and 
the environment.
The level of interfacing between the human operator and the multi-UAV 
group could vary from simple "joystick-like" teleoperation (the operator 
acts on a force-feedback joystick and sends collective velocity commands 
to the robot group/object), to more advanced scenarios in which the 
operator could wear an actuated/robotized glove for mapping his 
fingers/palm motion onto the robot group and receive a corresponding 
force feedback at the fingertips.

The objective of the PostDoc is to work on topics related to this 
scenario, such as (i) decentralized multi-UAV coordination/estimation 
schemes for physical interaction with the environment, (ii) 
force/impedance control schemes for multiple UAVs interacting with the 
environment, (iii) mapping between the human hand motion/forces and a 
virtual "robotic" hand made of the multiple UAVs (with, thus, quite 
different kinematics/dynamics), (iv) conception and implementation of 
force feedback devices (e.g., wearable/tactile) for providing the 
operator with suitable force feedback cues.


The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong background in some of 
these areas:

- motion/force control and state estimation for single and multiple 
mobile robots,
- decentralized formation control and/or localization algorithms for 
mobile robots,
- haptic-enabled teleoperation of single and multiple mobile robots

A Ph.D. degree in robotics, computer science, applied mathematics (or 
related fields) is required.

The candidate must be a proficient user of C/C++ and ROS. Familiarity 
with MATLAB/Simulink and with the quadrotor UAV platform are a plus. 
Scientific curiosity, large autonomy, and ability to work independently 
are expected.

Finally, a good level of written/spoken English is also required in 
order to work on technical reports/papers, and to interact with the rest 
of the team.  Note that knowledge of French is not required at work.


The position is funded for about 1.5 years starting at the earliest. The 
candidate will be under the supervision of Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano


and will work in close collaboration with the other members of the 
Lagadic group involved in activities with quadrotors (examples: 
formation control using onboard vision, aggressive visual-based control, 
cooperative indoor localization/mapping).

The PostDoc will assist in co-supervising one PhD student hired to work 
on these topics. Concrete collaborations with other external groups 
working in the same area are also already planned.

Salary and health insurance are regulated by the French legislation and 
depends upon the successful candidate experience.


The Lagadic group (about 40 people, among which 9 permanent researchers 
and 20 PhD students)


is internationally recognized for its scientific activity as well as for 
experience in technology transfer in the field of visual tracking, 
visual servoing, computer vision and sensor-based control for robotics 

The facilities available in the group include:

- *three 6-dof manipulator arms*
- *a 6-dof torque-controlled and backdrivable arm (which can be used as 
6-dof haptiv device)*
- *a pioneer indoor mobile robot*
- *two state-of-the-art human-size humanoid robots (Romeo and Pepper)*
- *a fleet of quadrotor UAVs*
- *an indoor large testing arena instrumented with Vicon*

The Lagadic group is part of the INRIA/IRISA lab that spreads its 
activities in 30 research teams working in computer science, signal 
processing, and control. It involves about 650 people, including 120 
professors and assistant professors, 100 full-time researchers, 80 
administrative staff, and 250 PhD students.


Interested candidates must send to Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano (prg [at] 
irisa.fr) the following material:

- motivation letter
- detailed CV with complete publication and talk list
- name of (at least) two referees
- any relevant information for proving the experience of the candidate 
and its good fit with the planned activities

Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Lagadic Team, Irisa and Inria Bretagne Atlantique
Campus Universitaire de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)2 99842545
Fax: +33 (0)2 99847171
Email: prg at irisa.fr
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