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PhD Scholarship in Robot Exploration and Modelling of 3D Spaces

Applications are invited for a PhD position in robotics to join KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. The initial contract for this position is two years. Applicants should apply before December 27, 2018.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

We will develop methods for autonomous robot exploration and modeling in full 3D. The model should gradually, over time and with more and more observations available, decompose space into its component in a hierarchical fashion. The model will support localization and navigation tasks without sacrificing performance compared to traditional methods while catering for high-level reasoning and the execution of tasks that require a deeper spatial understanding. This will be accompanied with an exploration strategy, leveraging the model of space, trading traditional exploration objectives for geometric completeness in the map and the uncertainty in the position estimate of the robot against objectives relating to what level space has been understood.

Applicants should have a technical background and already have worked with robots, preferably flying ones, and understand and appreciate what it means to deal with the real world. The project is financed by Vetenskapsrdet and the studies will be carried out at the division of Robotics, perception and learning at the school of EECS, KTH.

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH, you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

Candidates must be fluent orally and in writing in Swedish and English. You need to have very good programming skills in C++ and Python, very good computer systems skills, very good skills in and documented experience with ROS.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

You will find contact information for the doctoral section on the section’s website.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/central European Summer Time).


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