‘Perception methods and architectures for multiple networked mobile robots.’
This PhD topic is about the development of new multi-robot perception methods for heterogeneous robots (ground and aerial) carrying different sensors (e.g., laser-based and vision-based). The robots need to communicate and coordinate themselves using an efficient multi-robot software architecture. The robots have to collaborate together in order to ensure the recording of essential data (e.g., visual/3D) concerning a given phenomenon happening in the environment. The coordination has to consider the specific perception strengths and limitations of each different robotic unit. The ensemble of the recorded data must be rich enough to allow a full reconstruction and analysis of the phenomenon. The developed methods must be general enough to be applied to several different scenarios, which can be described during the interview for the retained candidates. The PhD student will have not only to develop the theoretical methods but also implement them on the robots in an efficient and reliable way. A possible collaboration with the UZH/ETH-Zurich and CTU-Prague is envisaged for the hired PhD student.
- A passion for robotics, mathematics, programming and abstract thinking,
- Excellent written and spoken English skills,
- A Master degree in computer engineering/science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, robotics, physics, or related fields,
- Excellent academic track record,
- Experience with Linux, Matlab, C++ or Python,
- Familiarity with tools such as ROS, OpenCV, Git, Deep Learning frameworks, and GPU optimization skills constitute a strong plus.
Starting Date: as soon as possible.
Application deadline: The evaluation of the candidates has already started and will continue until the position is filled.
We are in the robotics department of LAAS-CNRS, one of the largest laboratory of CNRS, the flagship (and largest) Center of Scientific Research in France. LAAS-CNRS was founded in 1968 and it counts around 700 people, with more than 100 tenured researchers. Research at LAAS-CNRS spans robotics, optimization, control, telecommunications, and nano-systems. The robotics department at LAAS-CNRS counts more than 100 people and is supposedly the largest and oldest robotic department in France (it was founded at the end of the 70's). LAAS-CNRS has made world-class contributions in artificial intelligence, planning, perception, humanoids, and aerial robot design and control.
Antonio Franchi, PhD, HDR