[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opening in Cognitive Robotics

Alexander Ferrein ferrein at fh-aachen.de
Fri Sep 2 12:04:20 PDT 2016

PhD position in Cognitive Robotics, MASCOR Institute, FH Aachen, Germany
University:	FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
Department:	Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Location:	Aachen, Germany
Start date: 	1 January 2017
Duration:	3 years

Closing Date:	30 September 2016

The Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics (MASCOR) Institute
at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Aachen, Germany, has an
opening for a research position in the field of Cognitive Robotics.
The post is remunerated following tariffs for German civil service
employees level 13 (TVL-13). The possibility for attaining a PhD is given.

Research Topic
The opening is within the project "ConTrAkt" (Constraint-based
tranformations of abstract high-level plans into executable actions for
mobile robots) funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG).
While  research in the field of autonomous mobile robots operating in
human-populated environments has seen significant progress, when it
comes to robustly executing high-level robot plans, problems remain.
The reason is that the execution of seemingly simple actions such as
driving to a specific location requires many interdependent system
components working together in a complex way; this yields a plethora of
potential error sources.
While approaches exist that try to solve this coordination problem,
there is no explicit separation between the task of the robot and the
system requirements from a user point of view.
The disadvantages are that the planning task becomes more complex and
applications are specific to a particular platform.
This in turn requires deep system understanding on the side of the user.
In contrast, this project envisions to separate the high-level task from
internal requirements of how to execute it on the robot.
The idea is to transform a particular plan at runtime in such a way that
the required system components together with their dependencies are
automatically integrated based on a declarative language specification.
At the same time, information needed for execution monitoring and
possible error recovery will be provided.
The results will be evaluated on different mobile robots in domestic

Task Description
The candidate is to develop high-level control programs for mobile
robots in the action language Readylog which is based on the well-known
action language GOLOG.
Furthermore, the candidate needs to develop a PROLOG-based constraint
solver which interprets system-level contraints of the robot and
compiles them into the high-level control strategy of the robot.
Finally, the candidate should formally design and formulate internal
models of service robot systems and such systems' requirements with
respect to the task domain.
The approach will be implemented and tested on multiple robots, namely
on the mobile service robot "Caesar" which is located at the
Knowledge-Based System Group, RWTH Aachen University, and on FESTO
Robotino robots in logistic robots' applications.

Possibility to attain a PhD
The research will be carried out in cooperation with Knowledge-Based
Systems Group (KBSG) at RWTH Aachen University under the supervision of
Prof. G. Lakemeyer.
Within the project, the candidate has the possibility to attain a PhD of
RWTH Aachen University under the joint supervision of Prof. Lakemeyer
(RWTH Aachen) and Prof. Ferrein (FH Aachen).

The MASCOR institute is seeking a candidate with
* A Master's degree in Computer Science or similar qualification
* Very good knowledge in C++ and PROLOG
* Good knowledge and demonstrable experience in the field of AI and
Knowledge Representation
* Good working knowledge and experience in developing applications for
mobile robots
* Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
* Very good written and verbal communication skills
* Profound ability to summarize key findings

How to apply
Please apply with the usual documents to the email address
05-771 at fh-aachen.de until September 30 or to Personaldezernat der FH
Aachen, Kennziffer 05-771, Bayernallee 11, 52066 Aachen.
If you have any questions, please contact: Prof. A. Ferrein
<ferrein at fh-aachen.de>

Prof. Dr. Alexander Ferrein
Mobile Autonomous Systems & Cognitive Robotics Institute
Robotics and Foundations of Computer Science

FH Aachen - University of Applied Sciences
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Eupener Strasse 70 | 52066 Aachen | Germany
T: +49 241 6009 51904   | F: +49 241 6009 52190
E: ferrein at fh-aachen.de | W: www.ferrein.fh-aachen.de

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