[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded international PhD position in Robotic Manipulation at University of Leeds

Mehmet Dogar m.r.dogar at leeds.ac.uk
Thu Sep 29 03:24:47 PDT 2016

My group at The School of Computing at The University of Leeds is looking
for a PhD student with interest in planning, control and learning for
robotic manipulation.

This scholarship covers tuition and maintenance fees for *international*
and UK/EU students. Therefore, international applicants are welcome to

The scholarship also runs for 3.5 years, longer than the usual 3 years.

Application deadline is 18 November 2016.

Particular topics include:
* Manipulation planning using physics-based predictions of object motion,
* Machine learning for manipulation planning and control,
* Manipulation based on tactile sensing (e.g. artificial skin),
* Multi-robot collaborative manipulation,
* Human-robot collaborative manipulation, and
* Manipulation planning for flexible manufacturing and assembly.
Nevertheless, even if you do not have any familiarity with these 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, and OptiTrack motion tracking). University of Leeds recently made
a $6.5M investment in robotics research and in a Robotics Center that our
lab is affiliated with.

You will develop intelligent robotic algorithms and systems for object
manipulation tasks. Example tasks include a robot reaching into a cluttered
shelf to grasp objects (similar to the tasks in the Amazon Picking
Challenge) and a robot using tools to cut and drill objects (similar to the
tasks in the Darpa Robotics Challenge). This project will build on my
previous work carried out at CMU and MIT, focusing on physics-based object
manipulation (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_QLvgEDFE68Y&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=vaCL-JNZhbHQXyvluve8SqlVCluj0fPnYe7v2R6xgGY&s=zSsY-rRLdf0WetAfq9aPSMiTm3mjlsXPZSi4WeWrtO0&e= ) and intelligent robotic
assembly (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_3Y2BJKGMnpY&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=vaCL-JNZhbHQXyvluve8SqlVCluj0fPnYe7v2R6xgGY&s=L0VoVHysfOiJucWLJnxR5NQQZoNcmoXfilPv1ppijoQ&e= ). There may be opportunities for
external collaboration, particularly with MIT and CMU, which our group has
strong ties 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”.

To apply, and for more details about the scholarship, use this link:

Please also get in contact with me with your CV if you are considering

You can learn more about my research interests and my publications here:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Other links:
University of Leeds Robotics Centre: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__robotics.leeds.ac.uk_&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=vaCL-JNZhbHQXyvluve8SqlVCluj0fPnYe7v2R6xgGY&s=lxXl4hKkuOBtqNvmA-eGz_yTSzb3mC2TKpL5kBDtsQ4&e= 

Mehmet Dogar

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