[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Full-funded PhD position available at the Biorobotics group in Robotic tactile sensing
The Biorobotics group at the Aix-Marseille Université in France has one fully-funded PhD opening related to robotic tactile sensing . The position is expected to begin early September 2017.
The simple task of holding a cup in one's hand recruits complex sensory-motor coordination that heavily relies on the sense of touch. Consequently, an increasing number of robots are trying emulate this sensorimotor loop by leveraging tactile information in order to improve motion planning and execute precise manipulation motion. However, the richness of the data produced by robotic tactile sensors is barely exploited. This thesis aims at exploring the building blocks of signal processing that empowers artificial touch. Of particular interest is the transformation between the raw data produced by robotic skin to a rich tactile scene that contains relevant information about the compliance of the surface, state of slippage and the presence of edges. The output of this work has applications in industrial robotics, teleopration, and prothetic.
Applicant should have a strong background in signal processing, control engineering, robotics or computer science and should hold a Master degree or a engineering diploma in the relevant field. Mastery of Matlab or Python is expected. Basic knowledge of continuum mechanics is welcomed and knowledge of ROS is a plus.
The thesis is to take place in the Luminy campus of the Aix-Marseille University, within the Biorobotics lab and in collaboration with the Mechanics and Acoustics Laboratory (LMA). It will be supervised by Prof. Bruno Cochelin (LMA) and Dr. Michael Wiertlewski (ISM). The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and is expected to work along side a dedicated team. The thesis is supported by the ANR “Young Researcher” that provides funding for salary, equipment and conference attendance.
How to apply
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