[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position in robot-environment forceful interaction [Amir Ghalamzan]

amir masoud amir.ghalamzan at gmail.com
Wed May 10 07:14:36 PDT 2017

We are looking for high caliber candidate to fill funded PhD position, to
begin as soon as possible. This PhD project will form part of the major
projects including an EU H2020 project (Robotic Manipulation), Uk-Korea
mobile manipulation project and national UK EPSRC project in collaboration
with other institutions across the UK, Europe and other continents,
including CEA and CNRS from France, TUDa from Germany, and KAERI  from
Korea. We actively collaborate to develop cutting edge new robotics
techniques for autonomous/semi-autonomous and teleportated robotic
manipulation and monitoring/inspection. We are currently looking for highly
motivated PhD students for different topics:

   - (T0) Forceful interaction with the environment: in this project, we
   are interested in studying how a mobile robot can use cutting tools to cut
   some objects in the scene. This includes cutting path generation,
   navigation of the mobile vehicle and controlling of the arm during cutting.
   The ideal candidate may have background and knowledge in control
   engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics or any other related
   disciplines. Familiarity with computer vision is a plus for the ideal

The PhD project has a degree of flexibility in direction and might also
contribute to ongoing work on human-robot interaction for semi-autonomous
(tele-autonomy or variable-autonomy) human-supervised scene understanding
and robotic manipulation experiments. All PhDs will be working with Dr.
Stolkin and Dr. Ghalazman.

General requirements: the candidate is expected to be curious, creative,
and passionate about research and interested in learning and developing
ideas to join our team. The future PhD student is also supposed to work in
collaboration with colleagues within the institute as well as with external
collaborators.  The candidate expects to have:

   - (i) high scoring master degree in robotics, AI, machine learning,
   computer science, electrical engineering or other relevant disciplines;
   - (ii) programming skills: C++ or Python;

The ideal candidate is expected to have conducted research in at least one
of the following topics:

   - (i) robotics (or ideally robotic grasping)
   - (ii) haptic;
   - (iii) computer vision;
   - (iv) artificial intelligence/machine learning;
   - (v) control engineering. Moreover, the following are pluses for the
   ideal candidates: Robot Operating System (ROS), OpenCV, Point cloud library
   (PCL) Or any related library related to robotics, simulation, and computer

What we offer:

for EU citizens, we will pay all tuition fees plus a competitive living
allowance of approx. £14,000 per year. For non-EU citizens, we can only
cover the (much larger) oversees-rate tuition fees. However, it may be
possible to supplement income with some teaching assistant type jobs during
your study.

The selected applicant has the chance to be engaged in multidisciplinary
projects collaborating with different experts across high ranked academic
institutes.  In addition, the selected applicant will be provided with the
state-of-the-art equipment including different types of robots and sensors. The
University of Birmingham has one of the leading and most interdisciplinary
robotics research groups in the UK. Birmingham is the country’s
second-biggest city, and the most centrally located city in England, just
90 minutes from London by train and with its own international airport 20
mins from city centre.

Extreme Robotics Lab (ERL <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__sites.google.com_site_erluob2016&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=jo5j8FFG6wHAoj4tyG_6Qm_vEdr8IuVlpC0HjgqzCMY&s=HZnqBE-IiVLFqReoZIH7Qkv6gu6_zNhOpzYaLIyEe7g&e= >) is
the recently established laboratory aiming at finding solutions for
autonomous/semi-autonomous robotic grasping/manipulation. ERL is developing
centre having 2 Kuka iiwa, 1 Schunk LWA-4D and a Taurob as well as many
RGB-D sensors. For more information please visit ERL webpage
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__sites.google.com_site_erluob2016_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=jo5j8FFG6wHAoj4tyG_6Qm_vEdr8IuVlpC0HjgqzCMY&s=fM9tWeFeaA_cSYuiIQA4RGC5gqlcRY11KscrF5QwoJI&e= >.

All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Ghalamzan via erl.uobham at gmail.com.
Please include in your email:

   1.  a full CV;
   2. statement of purpose (SOP);
   3. recommendation letters or two references who can be contacted in this
   4. transcripts.

Please use “ERL PhD application ERL_17_T0” in the subject heading of your
email. We will continue interviewing until a high standard candidate is

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