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PhD Research Fellow in Collaborative Robots (CoBots) for search and rescue (SAR), at UiA

PhD Research Fellow in Collaborative Robots (CoBots) for search and rescue (SAR), at UiA

Do you want to join our vibrant and motivated research team at the University of Agder (UiA), and start your research journey in the field of cobots, mechatronics, machine learning, sensor fusion? The following PhD Fellowship is currently open for application:

This position is linked to the newly established Top Research Center in Mechatronics at UiA. The ambition of the center is to contribute to the competitiveness and the sustainability within the selected Application Areas (AA): Assisted Living, Recycling (batteries), Flexible Production, Construction, and Offshore Mechatronics. To address the challenges in the selected AA, the center conducts research within the following Research Themes (RT): Machine Design, Industrial IT, Intelligent Monitoring, Robot & Vision, and Collaborative Robots.

This position is connected to the RT of Collaborative Robots (CoBots). A cobot or co-robot is a robot intended to physically interact with humans in a shared environment. The goal of this position is to design a number of proactive technologies for disaster response systems in assisting people using/evacuating buildings in response to severe disasters, both natural (e.g. climate-related extreme events or earthquakes) and man-made (e.g. fires, terrorist attacks). This shall be obtained by integrating novel sensor-fusion technologies, wearables, augmented reality (AR) tools and innovative highly compliant robots that will assist people before, during and after disaster hits.

This position aims at fostering the development of a novel SAR framework architecture to enable humans and machines for cooperating hand in hand within full-inclusive environments by achieving both human-robot and robot-robot collaboration in a robust, safe and secure manner. This framework architecture shall be designed to securely integrate proactive intelligent detection approaches with predictive maintenance methods for potentially dangerous events by complementing the environment with a combination of novel sensing technologies, highly compliant robots and wearables devices. The proposed framework shall enable researchers to develop control algorithms for cobots more safely, rapidly and efficiently.

Research topics for the PhD Research Fellow include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Mechatronics
  • Human–robot interaction
  • Machine learning
  • Sensor fusion

Working knowledge of Linux, the Robot Operating System (ROS), and multiple programming languages will be considered a crucial advantage.

For information about the positions, please do not hesitate to contact me, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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