[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Ph.D. student/post-doctoral positions in multi-robot path/trajectory planning

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Ph.D. student/post-doctoral positions in multi-robot path/trajectory planning

Sven Koenig
Our joint artificial intelligence and robotics project on multi-agent and multi-robot path planning at the University of Southern California (USC) has a number of openings available.

Teams of agents must often assign target locations among themselves and then plan collision-free paths to their target locations. Examples include autonomous aircraft towing vehicles, automated warehouse systems, office robots, and game characters in video games. For example, thousands of robots already navigate autonomously in semi-automated warehouses to move inventory pods all the way from their storage locations to the inventory stations that need the products they store. Path planning for these robots is NP-hard, yet one must find high-quality collision-free paths for them in real-time. Drone systems on construction sites need to solve a similar problem in three dimensions. We therefore study different versions of multi-robot path/trajectory finding problems, their complexities, algorithms for solving them, and their applications. You can find out more about our research at

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__idm-2Dlab.org_project-2Dp.html&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=P-ncYi3VIN4EtESuYdDHS3uJ97KnW4fEqPwEOZVScUo&s=bumKYr5v7pX_3cOWOgGLod-yuXV0FczLTAH0-Q7Xsyk&e= and
http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~ayanian/research.html<http://www-bcf.usc.edu/%7Eayanian/research.html>.

We are looking for students and possibly a post-doctoral researcher with either a strong artificial intelligence background on heuristic search and/or multi-agent systems and an interest in robotics or a strong robotics background on trajectory planning and/or multi-robot systems and an interest in artificial intelligence.

Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. on this topic should contact us with a CV, transcript, list of references, and statement of interest (and, optionally, publication samples).  They will have to apply to the computer science department at the end of the year and, if admitted, will start their Ph.D. studies in Fall 2019.

Researchers with a Ph.D. interested in a post-doctoral research position starting this year should contact us with a CV, transcript, list of references, and publication samples.

The USC Computer Science Department, located in Los Angeles (California), is one of the leading centers of research and education in the field of computer science with 44 tenure-track, 31 research faculty, and 19 teaching faculty.

Sven Koenig (Professor), [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>, idm-lab.org<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__idm-2Dlab.org&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=P-ncYi3VIN4EtESuYdDHS3uJ97KnW4fEqPwEOZVScUo&s=oiG5UjfAKxnbC7afNq-dpXq7D5zOFTDNS0I91EBevZQ&e=>
Nora Ayanian (Assistant Professor), [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>, www-bcf.usc.edu/~ayanian/
<http://www-bcf.usc.edu/%7Eayanian/>
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