[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opportunity in Robot Locomotion Lab at University of Southern California

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opportunity in Robot Locomotion Lab at University of Southern California

Feifei Qian
*Generating desired movements from undesired environments*
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Animals -- lizards, snakes, squirrels -- often exhibit novel strategies in
effectively interacting with their physical environments and generating
desired responses for locomotion. In our lab, we are interested in creating
robots that can do the same.

How can robots take advantage of features of their environment that have
previously been considered undesirable (e.g., soft, deformable, large
perturbation) to generate desired movements? Can a tailed robot effectively
turn itself by jamming the soft sand? Can a multi-legged robot collide with
obstacles on purpose to robustly navigate in cluttered environments? Can a
group of collaborative robots use their legs to sense the soil strength on
sand dune and build a map of ground erodibility that scientists can use to
study desertification?

Our group at University of Southern California studies robot interactions
with complex environments and creates innovative control and sensing
strategies that allow robots to effectively move through the world. We are
currently looking for new graduate students and plan to hire 2-3 PhD for
Fall 2020 enrollment. Interested candidates should submit application
through https://gradadm.usc.edu/apply/ and contact Prof. Feifei Qian
([hidden email]) after full application submission. The application
deadline is December 15 to be considered for enrollment in Fall 2020.

Prof. Feifei Qian
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
faculty profile:
https://minghsiehece.usc.edu/directory/faculty/profile/?lname=Qian&fname=Feifei
email: [hidden email]




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