[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Multiple PhD positions on Visual Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping in Deformable Environments in Centre for Autonomous Systems at University of Technology Sydney

Shoudong Huang Shoudong.Huang at uts.edu.au
Thu Dec 12 15:35:40 PST 2019

The Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS) at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia is seeking multiple PhD students working on Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) in Deformable Environments founded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project scheme. Students with good mathematical background and programming skills are encouraged to apply. Previous research experience in SLAM and/or computer vision is a plus.

The PhD supervisors will be A/Prof. Shoudong Huang and Dr. Liang Zhao


Contact: A/Prof. Shoudong Huang (Shoudong.Huang at uts.edu.au)

Project Title
Visual Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping in Deformable Environments

Project Summary
This project aims to investigate the problem of building a three-dimensional map of a deformable environment in real-time using images and at the same time localising the camera within the map. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of simultaneous localisation and mapping in deformable environments using visual sensors. Expected outcomes include in-depth understanding of the fundamental sensing requirements for the problem to be solvable, the achievable accuracy, and efficient algorithms for achieving accurate three-dimensional reconstruction of deformable environments. The research outcomes from this project is expected to offer significant benefits to diverse areas such as minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Research Environment
UTS:CAS consists of 80 staff and students, all devoting 100% of their research time to robotics. From 2003 to 2010 the team was part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems. UTS played a major role in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, particularly with theoretical breakthroughs of sensing and perception in unknown environments and applications of autonomous robots in infrastructure maintenance, urban search and rescue, and port automation. SLAM research (led by Prof. Gamini Dissanayake) has been one of the main focus areas of the team. The team has built extensive experimental facilities including platforms equipped with various sensors. They have been supported by an ARC Discovery project on SLAM and collaborative research grants on infrastructure maintenance, underground mining and assistive robotics. The team is located in a single integrated office and laboratory environment, providing an ideal research facility for collaboration and cross-fertilisation.

UTS:CAS has set surgical robotics as one of the key research focuses for the next five years. UTS:CAS has also strong link with MIT and the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London. Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery is a world leader in research on surgical robots and has world class equipment for surgical robotics research.

For any enquiry about the position, please contact Shoudong.Huang at uts.edu.au<mailto:Shoudong.Huang at uts.edu.au>.

A/Prof. Shoudong Huang
Centre for Autonomous Systems
Faculty of Engineering and IT
University of Techonolgy Sydney
15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW 2007

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