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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Multiple Ph.D. openings in multi-robot systems at USC

Nora Ayanian-2
Ph.D. positions at ACTLab - University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Topics: Multi-agent learning for robotics; Multi-robot systems; Heterogeneous teams of robots

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

The Automatic Coordination of Teams Laboratory (ACT Lab, http://act.usc.edu/) at the University of Southern California, home of the CrazySwarm (http://act.usc.edu/crazyswarm.html) is seeking multiple Ph.D. students to work on multiple federally funded (NSF, ONR, ARL) projects in multi-robot and multi-agent systems. Ph.D. positions will begin in August 2018.

Projects include but are not limited to the following:

(1) Multi-agent learning from human coordination to build better multi-robot controllers (http://act.usc.edu/human-inspired.html)

(2) Long-Term Planning and Robust Plan Execution for Multi-Robot Systems (http://act.usc.edu/fast-planning.html )

(3) Planning and Control of Heterogeneous Robot Teams for Ocean Monitoring (Aerial robots collaborating with surface vehicles to track particulate in the ocean, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nsf.gov_awardsearch_showAward-3FAWD-5FID-3D1724399-26HistoricalAwards-3Dfalse&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=RswBhXaB_ROBloXJRcypRMO6wP8MFqqDevW88mtu9lY&s=A0Ys-wkv9o8uESh95bc7WHajjBc_cGyaXG9VhGwu7L0&e= )

(4) Internet of Battlefield Things (https://viterbischool.usc.edu/news/2017/10/protecting-the-troops/)

(5) Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology: developing adaptive and resilient behaviors,  distributed intelligence, and control for heterogeneous groups of robots

Interested applicants should apply to the Ph.D. program in the department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California at https://www.cs.usc.edu/ph-d-application-information/ . Questions about the positions may be directed to the Principal Investigator, Nora Ayanian, [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>. Applicants may wish to notify the principal investigator of their application to the Ph.D. program. Applicants with a strong statement of purpose document demonstrating an interest in multi-robot and multi-agent systems will be given primary consideration.

Applicants should hold a BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a discipline related to one of our projects.
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