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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-Doc Opportunity: Modularizing Actions for Collaborative Robots

Ania Picard
*Unique Post-Doc Opportunity:  Modularizing Actions for Collaborative
Robots*

One of the challenging applications in autonomous systems design is to
enable robots to collaborate with humans in daily activities. To advance
generalization of actions, requires a modularization of actions and
development of flexible modules  that involve vision, learning from humans,
motor control and planning.

*Project Synopsis*
*The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College
Park,* recently launched the *MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.* As part
of this program, Drs. Aloimonos, Fermüller, and Baras are seeking a
postdoctoral candidate under the theme Human-Robot Interactions. The study
brings together the fields of Computer Vision and Control, with the
overarching goal of enhancing the functionality and fidelity of human-robot
interactions to enable generalization of actions. The goal of this project
is to develop a modular framework for active vision systems performing
tasks. As specific application we seek to develop modules for robots of
different hardware configuration performing tasks in human-robot
collaboration. The robotic platforms in our lab include UR 10 robotics
arms, three-finger grippers, a Shadow hand, as well as a Baxter and Sawyer
robot.

*Minimum Qualifications*
Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in engineering, computer science,
or a related field by the expected start date for this position, June 1,
2018. Applicants should be intellectually curious researchers at an early
stage in their scholarly career, with a demonstrated capacity for
independent work. We recognize that strength comes through diversity and
actively seek and welcome people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and
identities. We encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

*Preferred Qualifications*
A research background in Robotics, Robot vision, or Control, while not
essential, is advantageous.

*Application Materials*
1. Applicant’s CV, including publication list.
2. Contact information for three references, preferably including PhD
thesis advisor, who can provide an assessment of the applicant’s
qualifications and potential for innovative independent research.

Email application materials to both [hidden email] and [hidden email]
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This project has funding guaranteed for one year, and benefits will be
provided. Renewing beyond the first year is subject to funding availability
and performance.
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