[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD scholarship (international fees included) in robot learning, manipulation or navigation, University of Lincoln, UK

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD scholarship (international fees included) in robot learning, manipulation or navigation, University of Lincoln, UK

Gerhard Neumann-3
We are offering a great opportunity to do your PhD with the Lincoln Centre
for Autonomous Systems, fully funded (international fees included), in the
context of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics:

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a multi-disciplinary EPSRC RAI (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) Hub
consisting of most leading nuclear robotics experts in the UK including
Universities of Birmingham, Queen Mary, Essex, Bristol, Edinburgh,
Lancaster and Lincoln. Under this project, more than 40 postdoctoral
researchers and PhD researchers form a team to develop cutting-edge
scientific solutions to all aspects of nuclear robotics such as sensor and
manipulator design, computer vision, robotic grasping and manipulation,
mobile robotics, intuitive user interfaces and shared autonomy.

At the University of Lincoln, we will develop new machine learning
algorithms for several crucial applications in nuclear robotics such as
waste handling, cell decommissioning and site monitoring with mobile
robots. Clean-up and decommissioning of nuclear waste is one of the biggest
challenges for our and the next generations with enormous predicted costs
(up to £200Bn over the next hundred years). Moreover, recent disaster
situations such as Fukushima have shown the crucial importance of robotics
technology for monitoring and intervention, which is still missing today.
Our team will focus on algorithms for vision-guided robot grasping and
manipulation, cutting, shared control and semi-autonomy, mobile robot
navigation and outdoor mapping and navigation with a strong focus on
machine learning and adaptation techniques. A dedicated bimanual robot arm
platform is being developed, mounted on a mobile platform, and to be
operated using shared autonomy, teleoperation and augmented reality
concepts to be developed.

It is in this context that we are looking for two highly skilled PhD
students, to specialise in machine learning, robot navigation, manipulation
and grasping, or shared autonomy with robotic systems. The post is fully
funded for 3.5 years of study (bursary at RCUK rate and all fees covered).
A generous travel and equipment budget is available, too. Applicants will
possess excellent research and programming skills as well as a solid
mathematical understanding. Successful applicants will usually have
graduated with an MSc degree in a relevant area (e.g. maths, computer
science, engineering). Previous publications (e.g. from MSc studies) are
not required but will be considered in favour of the candidate.

*Applications are continuously received and regularly assessed until both
positions are filled (this advert will disappear once they are).*

Prof. Gerhard Neumann
Chair of Computational Learning for Autonomous Systems
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS

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*The University of Lincoln, located in the heart of the city of Lincoln,
has established an international reputation based on high student
satisfaction, excellent graduate employment and world-class research.*

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