[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Four immediate PhD positions in robotic manipulation and computer vision at ERL, University of Birmingham

V.Ortenzi at bham.ac.uk V.Ortenzi at bham.ac.uk
Sat Nov 17 00:58:05 PST 2018


Applications are invited for four PhD Student positions in robotic manipulation and computer vision. Applications are welcome from candidates with research interests in kinematics, dynamics, planning and control of robotic manipulators, and image processing, machine vision, machine learning (for CV and Robotics), or closely related fields. Strong skills in object-oriented programming and related mathematical concepts are required. Knowledge of numerical optimisation methodologies is also highly desirable, and the ability to work well in a team of interdisciplinary experts. The tasks will involve developing, and testing novel ideas in cutting-edge robotics and computer vision research. See below for individual position details.

The University of Birmingham Extreme Robotics Lab, is one of the leading university robotics labs in Europe dedicated to practical applications of robotics and AI in extreme environments:

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Extreme environments are environments which are too hazardous for humans to enter, and where robots must be used to carry out complex tasks remotely. In particular we work very closely with the nuclear agencies of multiple countries, to develop robots for solving difficult nuclear decommissioning problems, to help remediate the environment for future generations.

Our Extreme Robotics Lab (lead by Prof. Rustam Stolkin) is currently leading >£50million projects, spanning multiple countries. Funding agencies include EU H2020, and UK EPSRC research councils, Royal Society, InnovateUK, and industry. We offer potential for: i) travel and collaboration with top national, EU and international academic robotics labs; ii) active collaboration with a strong interdisciplinary team of multiple post-docs and PhD students on-site at Birmingham; and iii) interaction with industrial collaborators and potential for Knowledge Transfer and commercialisation activities in addition to the pure academic research. We also have strong links with other industries, including the UK subsidiary of KUKA (located close to the university), manufacturing industry, and increasing involvement in robotic recycling of complex waste streams. We also have close collaboration with venture capital investors in these areas. There is thus significant scope for industry collaboration, pa
 tenting and commercialisation of novel technologies, as well as carrying out state-of-the-art academic research across a wide range of robotics and AI research areas.

Position-1: Manipulation and grasping using tactile feedback and vision
Position-2: Force control for collaborative manipulation and HRI
Position-3: Vision and deep learning for industrial manipulations
Position-4: Mobile manipulation (using Kuka KMR) for industrial applications


Candidates should have:

1)   Masters degree in robotics / computer vision / Physics or related discipline with high honours.

2)   All candidates must have outstanding programming skills, including extensive knowledge and experience in C++ and/or python, OpenCV, PCL, boost etc.

3)   For robotics-related positions: Strong mathematics skills, research skills, and knowledge of state-of-the-art methods in kinematics, dynamics, planning and control. Knowledge of signal processing and sensors is a plus.

4)   For computer vision-related positions: Strong mathematics skills, research skills, and knowledge of image processing algorithms and machine learning concepts. Knowledge/experience of 3D vision, deep learning, parallel programming is a plus.

5)   Ability to collaborate with a team of experts, to deliver practical, working real-time robotics demos with cameras, sensors, and high-end robotics hardware.

6)   Team spirit

7)   Strong verbal and communication skills in English is mandatory


Apply using the link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_uUA7H25Hx8vqIqD33&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=FK7YbogSg3pMI25AELAE5uXN6qeiMdSWcYh_3P_mZfg&s=kRLcuQQCHBwVN9Qs4iCcmiz45xS85GIZ257A_NViY40&e=

Informal enquiries about the positions must be directed to Dr. Naresh Marturi (n.marturi at bham.ac.uk<mailto:n.marturi at bham.ac.uk><mailto:n.marturi at bham.ac.uk<mailto:n.marturi at bham.ac.uk>>) AND Dr. Valerio Ortenzi (v.ortenzi at bham.ac.uk<mailto:v.ortenzi at bham.ac.uk><mailto:v.ortenzi at bham.ac.uk<mailto:v.ortenzi at bham.ac.uk>>) .

Non-EU applicants are also encouraged, visa documents can be provided by the university upon request.


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