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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] 2 internships for master students in robotics @ Inria (France)

Jean-Baptiste Mouret-2
# TOPIC #1 -- Design of robots for archeology

We are collaborating with the HIP Institute (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.hip.institute_&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=CW_kbe1TP7V0TXKOpiQEgXARn5XRsw1giRdjgw8GcUk&e= ) to
develop novel robotic approaches for archaeology. The objective of this
internship is to participate in the design of a new robot for exploring
places that are hard to reach in historical monuments. The main challenge
will be to be to design a robot that is small as possible so that the
monument is impacted as little as possible.

We will give applicants more details if they are selected for an interview
as most of this project is not public yet.

## Skills
- mechanical design
- mechatronics
- proficiency with Solid Works
- knowledge of OpenSCAD can be useful

## Host laboratory

This internship will take place at Inria Nancy - Grand Est (
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.inria.fr_centre_nancy&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=s8tehaCU6GR0NvEb0EBSxPImANyp5zcd8cpwET5tOsc&e= ), which is one of France's biggest
research center for computer science. It will be part of the ResiBots
project (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.resibots.eu&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=fNNjCNkz69Shf1_lu-9QIXqcHDYzhE5r5SVsbgCAePk&e= ), which is funded by a highly-selective ERC
grant.

The official language of the team is English: English-speaking
international students are welcomed.

## Stipend

The stipend is about 500 euros / month. It is a full-time position in the
lab. We can help you to find an accommodation in Nancy.

## Application

Please send a resume and a cover letter to [hidden email]
that describes (1) why you are interested in our research topic (2) a
portofolio of your work in mechanical design (in French or in English).

# TOPIC #2 -- Improvement of a hybrid wheel-leg robot

Our team works on new machine learning algorithms to allow robots to adapt
to unexpected situations. For instance, we seek to make a hexapod robot
that broke a leg re-learn to walk in a few minutes. We recently obtained
promising results (see [1] and [2]).

We now wish to extend the adaptation possibilities by making our approach
work on an hybrid wheel-legs robot, that is to say a robot capable of both
walking and driving (see [3]). To do so, a new gait controller has to be
designed and our learning algorithms have to be adapted. Also, the current
design suffers from the body weight being too close to the actuator's
maximal capacity. The first step would therefore be to design and test
alternative designs of the robot that would give the robot more vigour.

The objective of this internship is:

1. improve the existing wheel-legs platform (hardware and software);
2. adapt the walking and learning algorithms to use the wheels;
3. extend the current hexapod simulator to handle wheels.

We aim at experimenting on the robots as much as possible. In case of
blocking hardware issue, the work could be done in simulation.

[1] https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.resibots.eu_videos.html&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=xAdW2m5phKKmvchAxIxPRivMitEqYvav7xLXQw1SgO4&e= 
[2] Cully, A., Clune, J., Tarapore, D., & Mouret, J. B. (2015). Robots that
can adapt like animals. Nature, 521(7553), 503-507.
[3] https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.resibots.eu_videos.html-23the-2Dcreadapt-2Drobot-2D6-2Dlegged-2Dhybrid&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=ojepp6z7MfCImvuZNaa6vthWe5EQY62boqRsg_XBszs&e= 

## Skills

Depending on the selected candidate, the internship can be more focused on
the mechatronics side or the machine learning side. Nonetheless, basic
skills are wished in:

- basic CAD (we use SolidWorks or OpenSCAD),
- C++ programming,
- Python programming,
- use of ROS,
- (optional) machine learning.

## Host laboratory

This internship will take place at Inria Nancy - Grand Est (
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.inria.fr_centre_nancy&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=s8tehaCU6GR0NvEb0EBSxPImANyp5zcd8cpwET5tOsc&e= ), which is one of France's biggest
research center for computer science. It will be part of the ResiBots
project (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.resibots.eu&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=fNNjCNkz69Shf1_lu-9QIXqcHDYzhE5r5SVsbgCAePk&e= ), which is funded by a highly-selective ERC
grant.

The official language of the team is English: English-speaking
international students are welcomed.

## Stipend

The internship is paid around 500 euros / month. It is a full-time position
in the lab. We can help you to find an accommodation in Nancy.

## Application

Please send a resume and a cover letter to [hidden email]
that describes why you are interested in our research topic and your
background (in French or in English).

## More information

- https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.resibots.eu&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=fNNjCNkz69Shf1_lu-9QIXqcHDYzhE5r5SVsbgCAePk&e= 
- https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__members.loria.fr_JBMouret&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=YiJRoDofL3imCIFLRE-jruZGlbuVv_bsmypLur8h0Ps&e= 
- https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3DT-2Dc17RKh3uE&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=g-CfSE2o3JESQ4CbCvTzSjFwnwcL7Bpaymi6lQJR9rg&e= 
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-- Jean-Baptiste Mouret
ERC ResiBots: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.resibots.eu&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=fNNjCNkz69Shf1_lu-9QIXqcHDYzhE5r5SVsbgCAePk&e= 
Web: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__members.loria.fr_JBMouret&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=lFRcCCCnuitutsHYy9t9BNNivPq046Dzv2vVifQQ46I&s=YiJRoDofL3imCIFLRE-jruZGlbuVv_bsmypLur8h0Ps&e= 
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