[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral position in Multi-Robot Systems for Precision Farming

Andrea Gasparri gasparri at dia.uniroma3.it
Sun Mar 11 03:18:29 PDT 2018

*** Expressions of interest for a Post-Doc Position

Expressions of interest are invited for a Post-Doc position to carry out research in the areas of control, robotics, and optimization 
at the research group led by Prof. Andrea Gasparri at the Department of Engineering at Rome Tre University in Rome, Italy.

The Post-Doc position is funded by the H2020 Project “Pantheon - Precision Farming of Hazelnut Orchards” (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.project-2Dpantheon.eu&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=06UOgHcQc0QCzrYtPezy5fKSUy0GBbMDyGkcFQ3U69M&s=78Q4jS2IdXRj2JUggH3bBKYENoL_2N-Ga6XvVf5-Uu4&e=)  
coordinated by Prof. Gasparri, which started on November 1st, 2017. Research experience is expected in one of the following areas: 
simultaneous localization and mapping, robot motion planning, multi-robot coordination and task allocation, cloud robotics, and field robotics 
with experimental validations. The knowledge of the Robot Operating Systems (ROS) will be considered as a plus.

Candidates should hold a PhD in relevant fields. In addition, candidates should have a track record of high impact international publications 
and demonstrate enthusiasm for performing both theoretical and experimental research activities. Furthermore, candidates should have 
strong programming skills in C++, C, and (possibly) Python. Responsibilities include: theoretical and experimental research activities, 
tutorship and mentoring of graduate and PhD students.

Should any candidate be considered fit for the Post-doc position, a call for applications will be opened. The post-doc appointment is to begin 
at any time during 2018, the sooner the better. The position is full-time. The position is open to candidates of any nationality; in particular, 
no knowledge of the Italian language is required. The gross salary is 27.362,00 €, which will result in ~1650 € net per month. 
Travel funding will be available.

The reply to this call should consist of an email, sent to gasparri at dia.uniroma3.it, containing: 
(1) a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications; 
(2) the names and contact details of at least two references.

Expressions of interest should be sent no later than the 31st of March 2018.

*** Abstract -- H2020 Project “Pantheon - Precision Farming of Hazelnut Orchards”  

The project PANTHEON introduces a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the precision farming of orchards.

PANTHEON objective is to design an integrated system where a limited number of unmanned aerial and ground robots move within the orchard 
to collect data and perform typical farming operations. The data is stored in a central operative unit where the information is integrated in order 
to perform automatic feedback actions (e.g. to regulate the irrigation system) and to support the decisions of the agronomists.

The proposed SCADA will acquire information at the resolution of the single plant. This will allow to dramatically increase the detection of limiting 
factors for each individual plant, such as lack of water or pests and diseases affecting the plant health, and to react accordingly. This focused 
intervention will result in a better average state of health of the orchard. This architecture has the potential to increase the production of the orchard 
while being more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.

The proposed SCADA will be experimentally validated in a real-world (1:1 scale) hazelnut orchard located in the Tuscia area (province of Viterbo, Italy).

We are looking forward to receiving your expression of interest.

Best Regards,
Andrea Gasparri

P.S.: For those of you who may be interested in this position and will be attending ERF2018, it may be possible to set up a meeting in person. 
Just send me an email at gasparri at dia.uniroma3.it to arrange it. 

Prof. Andrea Gasparri
Associate Professor
Dipartimento di Ingegneria
Università degli studi "Roma Tre"
Via della Vasca Navale, 79
00146 Roma (Italy)
e-mail: gasparri at dia.uniroma3.it
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