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PhD Student - Supervision and control in human-centered robots (MARÍA DE MAEZTU)

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Vicenç Puig Cayuela



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The "Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC" is seeking a PhD student to work under the framework of the María de Maeztu (MdM) Unit of Excellence Seal.

IRI is a Joint University Research Institute participated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) that conducts research in human-centered robotics and automatic control. The institute, is a key player in the Spanish robotics and automatic control scenes, and a valued participant in a large number of international collaborations including more than ten ongoing H2020 projects and an ERC Advanced Grant. Recently, is has been recognized as a Maria de Maeztu Excellence Unit, the main accreditation given by the Spanish Government to research units that stand out for the impact and international relevance of their results.

A four-year PhD position under the MdM Strategic Research Programme will be fully covered starting in the first trimester of 2018.
The PhD thesis will be supervised by Dr. Vicenç Puig (Automatic Control Group) and Dr. Guillem Alenyà (Perception and Manipulation Group).

Human-centered robotics is a challenging field that involves complex dynamic systems. In this PhD project, new supervision algorithms will be developed that explicitly account for safety issues in the context of bi-manual manipulation in social applications. Learning and planning algorithms will be used to continuously improve real-time supervision rules and to identify critical issues. Performance considerations are mandatory as evaluation will be performed using redundant mobile-manipulation robots


Qualifications: The candidate is expected to have a master in control engineering, robotics, industrial engineering or a related field
Knowledge: Good background in control and robotics. The applicants should have skills in programming preferably in Matlab/Simulink, C++ and ROS.
Languages: Fluent in English.
Other: Must fulfill the requirements to enroll in the Doctoral programme in Automatic Control, Robotics and Computer Vision.


Please, send your documentation before 20/11/2017 to:

Email: jobs (at)
Address: Parc Tecnològic de Barcelona. C/ Llorens i Artigas 4-6, 2a planta. 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
Fax: 93 401 57 50
Note: Please, remember to reference the offer (ID-52) and include the following documentation: CV and academic transcripts