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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position: Embedded AI Planning/Execution for SmallSat Oceanography, Trondheim, Norway

Kanna Rajan-2
PhD Position in Embedded Automated Planning/Execution for Small Satellites for Ocean Observation
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
Deadline: Feb 10th, 2018
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NTNU has recently established a research program, with a concerted and unified cross-disciplinary focus on designing, building and operating small satellites (or SmallSats) as part of a coordinated system of autonomous robots and agents for maritime sensing, surveillance and communication. This PhD position for onboard Planning and Execution with data analysis is to develop methods and systems for autonomous coordinated observation from a SmallSat in close cooperation with robotic agents such as unmanned aerial (UAV), surface (USV) and underwater vehicles (AUV).

The research will be driven by the use of a hyper-spectral imaging payload that will be launched in a SmallSat in a low-Earth orbit within the project. The research will build on methods in temporal constraint-based automated planning and execution which have previously been used in space to command NASA’s Deep Space One spacecraft and the mixed-initiative control (MAPGEN) of the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission. Our vision is that SmallSats should be affordable, single purpose with dedicated capabilities, software-centric, and seen as an integral part of robotic agents coupled with in-situ presence using autonomous aerial, surface and underwater vehicles for a portable earth observation network that can be actively designed, configured, operated and controlled to fulfill specific mission objectives.

The project lies within an ecosystem of embedded robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Control Theory, Machine Vision, Remote Sensing and data analytics, focused on the ocean sciences for the study of the changing climate.  SmallSats (space), aerial (UAVs), surface (USVs) and underwater (AUVs) vehicles for coordinated oceanographic observations are the basis to observe the changing oceans over large spatio-temporal scales — this project is at the micro end of the observational spectrum. This is a highly inter-disciplinary venture working with biologists and biological and physical oceanographers in Trondheim and Portugal.

Qualifications:

The candidate must have:

- a strong background in AI Planning, and automated reasoning, interests in Machine Learning will be a plus
- strong programming skills in C++, C, Python and Java is essential
- a deep desire to work across traditional disciplinary lines and to have societal impact
- willing and able to work in the field and go to sea
- a strong desire to work in teams, be articulate and communicate well

The deadline for application is February 10th, 2018. All candidates should send their applications via the web site below. Candidates who will complete and defend their Phd by May 2018 are welcome. Women and minorities are particularly welcome.

Enquiries to [hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>  or [hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]> with a subject line: “PhD: MASSIVE”.

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