[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Open PhD Positions in Safe Human-Robot Interaction at the Chair of Robotics Science and Systems Intelligence (RSI), Technical University of Munich

saeed Abdolshah saeed.abdolshah at tum.de
Fri Mar 1 03:22:23 PST 2019


The Chair of Robotics Science and Systems Intelligence (RSI) at the Technical
University of Munich is looking for outstanding applicants for PhD positions
in Safe Human-Robot Interaction. 

About us 
Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It
is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary
education, and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The
university also forges strong links with companies and scientific
institutions across the world. The Chair of Robotics Science and Systems
Intelligence is a member of the newly founded TUM Munich School of Robotics
and Machine Intelligence. The research focus of RSI is the development of
control algorithms, mechatronics, intelligent robotics and prosthetics,
robot learning algorithms, foundations of machine intelligence, as well as
nonlinear control and systems theory. Furthermore, we offer unified teaching
in terms of lectures, laboratories and student projects with a tight
connection to cutting-edge research. 

Description 
Safety issues during physical human-robot interaction has attracted
increasing attention from researchers in various fields of robotics. This is
motivated by the fact that human and robot will work intensively and closely
together. In order to ensure human safety for various human-robot contact
scenarios, potential threats should be studied and safe human–robot
interaction strategies should be developed. This can include: 
• Design and analysis of collision experiments and/or testing devices 
• Development and verification of collision simulations 
• Survey of biomechanics and forensics literature 
• Motion planning and/or control schemes for ensuring human safety 
• Prediction and control for optimal safety and performance trade-off 
• Adaption to the sensor field of view 

We are looking for individuals with experience in one or more of the
following areas and strong interest to further develop their skills: 
• Masters-level degree in Robotics, Mechatronics, Computer Science or
closely related 
• Strong background in robotics and control 
• Proficient programming experience (e.g.  C++, MATLAB/Simulink, ROS) 
• Strong communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken
English 
• Enthusiastic and highly motivated to complete a PhD 
• Prior experience in safety or human-robot interaction is a plus 

How to apply? 
Applications should include the following documents: 
• A motivation letter describing your research interests, your
qualifications, and why you would be a suitable candidate 
• A detailed CV 
• Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees 
• Email addresses of at least two references 

Interested applicants should send us the necessary documents via email to:
saeed.abdolshah at tum.de quoting “PhD Application, Safe Human-Robot
Interaction” in the e-mail subject. These positions will remain open until
filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 

TUM has been pursuing the strategic goal of substantially increasing the
diversity of its staff. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action
employer, TUM explicitly encourages nominations of and applications from
women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity
dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference
will be given to disabled candidates with equal qualifications.
International candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 

Sincerely, 
 ------------------------------------- 
Saeed Abdolshah, PhD 
Postdoc researcher 
Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence 
Technische Universität München 
Heßstraße 134 
80797 München 
Email: saeed.abdolshah at tum.de 
Phone: +49 89 298 29413



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