PhD position on under-constrained end-effector path following
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KU Leuven, ranking among the top 50 universities worldwide, is an institution
for research and education with international appeal. All programs at this
University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and
professors. This project will be carried out as a starting grant for a PhD
project within ACRO, the research group on Automation, Computer vision and
Robotics, situated on Campus Diepenbeek of the Faculty of Engineering
Technology at KU Leuven. ACRO performs research on vision-based and model-
based automation, human-robot collaboration, product manipulation and robotic
grippers, collision-free trajectory generation and navigation, and
(semi-)autonomous assembly and disassembly. This research is performed in
close collaboration with industry, as ACRO focuses on the translation of
fundamental research into prototypes with a higher Technology Readiness Level.
These technologies have a wide application domain ranging from manufacturing,
assembly, logistics, agriculture, healthcare, construction, domestic up to
end-of-life-treatment and nuclear environments.
The goal ofthe research project is to develop and assess novel collision-free
pathplanning techniques for redundant robot manipulators that executeunder-
constrained end-effector path following tasks such as for arc welding,spray
painting or adhesive bonding. The candidate is responsible for:
acquiring the necessary backgroundfrom literature;
proposing an experimental plan totackle the research questions;
building experimental setups;
reporting and presenting results.
Thisproject is embedded within larger projects with other universities
You have a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science
with strong overall marks.
Knowledge of robotics, programming and computer vision is a plus.
Adequate English (written and verbal communication) for scientific
interactions is required.
Strong motivation and ability to conduct individual research are musts
The successful candidate will be offered a PhD fellowship to become part of
our team to work towards a PhD. This full-time mandate has an initial duration
of one year, which can be prolonged depending on competitive financing
successes. The final goal will be obtaining a PhD after four years.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Eric Demeester, tel.: +32 11
27 88 15, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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