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PhD Student - Action planning and synchronization for human-robot collaboration (MARÍA DE MAEZTU)

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Alberto Sanfeliu Cortés




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. Alberto Sanfeliu (Mobile Robotics Group) and Dr. Pablo Jiménez (Perception and Manipulation Group).

The collaboration between a robot and a person involves knowing the tasks that each of them will perform, knowing how each one will perform the task and find a shared common plan. For this reason, both the robot and the person create their own plan to tackle the task. This plan has to be shared, readjusted and finally executed by both of them.

The objective of the thesis project is to develop a new model of task planning, which allows to make a plan shared between the robot and the person who is susceptible of modification, synchronization and inline adaptation.


Qualifications: The candidate is expected to have a master in robotics, computer science, artificial intelligence 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-51) and include the following documentation: CV and academic transcripts