Vacancy

Two PhD Positions in Construction Robotics: Adaptive Manipulation and Robot Learning

Status: open

Location: KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Starting Date: Summer/fall 2022
Duration: 4Y
Supervisors: Profs. Renaud Detry and Herman Bruyninckx
Announcement Posted On: April 4 2022
Application Deadline: June 15 2022
Status and additional information: http://renaud-detry.net/jobs/vac/kuleuven-eu-2022a.php

Research

KU Leuven looking for two highly motivated PhD students for an EU-funded project in autonomous shotcreting for construction robotics. The aims of the research are to develop methods that allow a robot to maintain situational awareness and conduct dexterous manipulation tasks despite high perceptual uncertainty caused by the presence of dust in the air. One student will be responsible for learning-based mechanisms that allow the robot to monitor the application of concrete by fusing data from multiple sensors and a forward models the robot's actions. The second student will focus on force-controlled manipulation to smooth out the concrete surface after shotcreting.

Funding is available for four years.

KU Leuven is Belgium's largest university, and a leading higher education and research institution – amongst the top-100 universities worldwide. It is located in Leuven, a short train hop away from Brussels. This project will be hosted by two departments: the departments of electrical engineering (group PSI) and mechanical engineering (group RAM).

TA Work

The successful candidates will assist with teaching at most one EE/ME course per quad (i.e., two per year). The workload will be at most 6 hours per week.

Requirements

The successful candidates must have a degree(s) in Engineering, Physics, Math, Computer Science or a related field, and fluency in at least one mainstream computer programming language.

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to assist with the TA work, either with a degree or transcripts of courses relevant to EE or ME.

For the first task (student 1), a machine-learning background is strongly valued.

Application

Applicants must submit:

Applicants must be prepared to provide two reference letters upon request.

Applications should be sent, *in a single PDF document*, to:

kuleuven-eu-2022a@renaud-detry.net

Questions can be directed to the same address.

Applications can be sent immediately and will be evaluated until June 15 2022. To verify if the position is still available, visit http://renaud-detry.net/jobs/vac/kuleuven-eu-2022a.php.


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