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Research Fellow in Bioinspired Control for Autonomous Systems in City Infrastructure

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in bioinspired control?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

The University of Leeds has been awarded a substantial EPSRC grant to explore the use of robots and autonomous systemsin city infrastructure. The 5-year project commenced on 4 January 2016. The team is formed of a consortium of the Universities of Leeds (lead), Birmingham, UCL and Southampton.

The research you will conduct is two-fold:

  1. to design and test algorithms for navigation and task performance of individual robots in physically realistic 3D simulation environments; to test selected algorithms in physical prototypes and realistic environments;
  2. to design and test algorithms for collaborative, centralised or distributed task performance in physically realistic simulation environments and to test selected algorithms in physical prototypes.

Both of the above will include fundamental research into and experimentation with selected reactive and deliberative strategies, and where possible, incorporating bioinspired elements (for sensing, actuation, decision making learning and/or optimisation). A workflow is envisioned in which the choice of robot design (embodiment and mechanics, sensors and actuators) will affect the control algorithm and vice versa. 

Holding a PhD in Computer Science or a closely allied discipline of physics or engineering, you will have an enthusiastic, proactive attitude to your research and make a positive contribution to the multidisciplinary team of researchers working on this project.

It is anticipated that interviews for this post will be held on April 5th or 6th 2017.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Netta Cohen, School of Computing

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6789 or email: n.cohen@leeds.ac.uk

Professor Anthony Cohn, School of Computing

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5482 or email: a.g.cohn@leeds.ac.uk

Further information

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  School of Computing
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months (Fixed funding))
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 March 2017
Reference:  ENGCP1043
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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