[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral position on Cooperative Navigation of Autonomous Multi-Vehicle Systems at Institut Pascal / IMobS3 (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

Lounis Adouane Lounis.Adouane at uca.fr
Wed Aug 23 15:29:57 PDT 2017

PostDoc subject: Hybrid Control Architecture for Reliable Navigation of 
Cooperative Autonomous Vehicles in Complex Environments/Situations

The complete details of the postdoctoral position can be downloaded via: 

Keywords: Autonomous vehicles; Cooperative navigation; Software 
reliability; ROS (Robot Operating System); Hybrid multi-controller 
architectures (close link between: perception – decision – action).

Context: The proposed postdoc will be achieved in the context of a 
collaborative research project, called IRMA-AVN (Integrated Risk 
Management Architecture for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation) within IMobS3 
laboratory of excellence. This project involves several national and 
international laboratories (Institut Pascal and IRSTEA 
(Clermont-Ferrand, France), Cranfield and Carnegie Mellon universities 
(UK and USA respectively)). More specifically, the postdoctoral fellow 
will evolve in the MACCS team of Institut Pascal.

Main objectives (in short): It is targeted to develop an enhanced 
multi-controller architecture in order to perform safe and flexible 
navigation strategy for cooperative vehicles in complex 
environments/situations (e.g., dynamic and/or uncertain). The main 
expected investigations are mainly related to:
- Dynamic and safe intersection/roundabout traffic management. The 
challenge consists in guaranteeing the stability and the safety of the 
MVS at the time of transitions between the individual control of each 
vehicle to the phase of coordinating the MVS in the 
intersections/roundabout. The degrees of control stability and 
robustness to noise and/or to perception / localization uncertainties 
should be quantified via suitable metrics / analysis. The aim is to 
ensure reliable MVS navigation.
- Dynamic reconfiguration of the fleet. The challenge consists in 
guaranteeing the stability and the safety of the MVS at the time of 
transitions between geometric configurations (e.g., line towards square, 
triangle towards line, etc.). This will make possible to change online 
the space configuration of the MVS according to the context of 
navigation (e.g., to pass from a triangle configuration towards a line 
if the width of the road is not sufficient). The developed concepts 
should allow also reliable merging and separation of several platoons, 
or only single vehicle w.r.t. the overall formation. This could be 
resolved while taking inspiration from the already developed 
Leader-Follower approach and the proposed techniques of formation 

Expected candidate profile / background:
- Ph.D in Robotics (Mobile robotics / Automatic control / Computer 
science) having some experience in the proposed research domain
- Good mathematical background
- Good programming skills in C/C++ and/or Java/Phyton
- An expertise on ROS will be really an important asset

Deadline for applications: August 28th, 2017

Starting date: Between September and October 2017

Contract information: The initial term of appointment is for 12 months, 
with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance.

Candidacy and contacts:
The candidates should send ASAP, to Lounis ADOUANE 
(Lounis.Adouane at uca.fr), the following materials, compiled in one pdf file:
- CV including the publication list and reprints of your 3 major 
- Research plan motivating your application (1 page of an A4-size 
document). Please highlight the adequacy between your background and the 
proposed postdoc subject
- Names and contact information of at least two references (it would be 
suitable to include their recommendations letters).

NB: In case of positive feedback, you will be contacted within 4 weeks 
from your application.

Best regards,

Maître de conférences - HDR (Associate Professor),
POLYTECH Clermont-Ferrand
Institut Pascal / Laboratoire d'Excellence IMobS3
UMR CNRS 6602, Campus Universitaire des Cézeaux
4 Avenue Blaise Pascal

Tel : +33 (0)4 73 40 72 45
Fax : +33 (0)4 73 40 72 62

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