Visual robot perception has grown tremendously in the last ten years. More and more, artificial neural networks allow to reliably classify objects and segment structures from RGB images. Moreover, they allow for 3D pose estimation for robot manipulation and navigation in partially structured and even unstructured dynamic environments. However, vision alone is not sufficient for manipulation. Versatile interaction with unstructured environments requires a new generation of robots fully exploiting also touch and proprioception (the perception of own movement and associated effort). Combining complementary touch and vision information leads to a better world interpretation. Touch allows for 3D modeling of unseen parts of the environment as well as object mass, inertia, and friction estimation. Combining visuotactile sensing with memory and cognition will improve robot decision making, bringing a robotic arm’s motions and behaviour closer to human manipulation capabilities.
This project is sponsored by the Eindhoven AI Systems Institute (EAISI).
The project I.Touch2See involves four departments of the TU/e (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science, and Industrial Engineering & Innoviation Sciences), collaborating to develop groundbreaking robotics technologies to improve robotic perception for manipulation in unstructured enviroments. The PhD student will have ample opportunities for interaction within the project’s principal investigators and the other
2 PhD students involved in the project and may also contribute/collaborate to other robotics projects currently running at TU/e and its partners (e.g., the I.AM. H2020 EU project
As a PhD researcher from dynamics and control section, within the robotics and perception group, you will focus on developing and implementing visual and touch perception algorithms to extra 6D pose, shape, occupancy, friction, weight, stiffness information of unknown or partially known objects in the scene. This knowledge you will then integrate with artificial skin and cognition and memory modules developed in collaboration with the two fellow PhD researchers in your team.
Your job will be to reflect and capitalize on findings from ongoing studies at the TU/e on the application of model-based and data-driven approaches for robot-environment physical interaction, including impacts. More specifically, your main tasks will be:
We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
The Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI) was established in the summer of 2019 as a cross-departmental institute that brings together all AI activities of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). EAISI stimulates, supports, and organizes collaboration between TU/e AI researchers and companies and societal partners. EAISI’s goal is to stimulate multidisciplinary AI research on the combination of three of TU/e’s traditionally strong research domains of Data Science, Humans and Ethics, and Engineering Systems. EAISI aims to develop AI technology for autonomous decision-making in engineering systems that interact with and support humans. Working for EAISI means you are supported in creating new and exciting AI applications with a direct and positive impact on the real world, especially focusing on the application areas of health, mobility and high-tech industry.
Located in the Brainport region, which attracts 40% of all Dutch spending on research and development, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe's leading research universities, and part of the prestigious EuroTech Universities Alliance (https://eurotech-universities.eu/). TU/e offers graduate engineering programs and post-graduate technological design, PhD and teacher-training programs. The mission is to educate students to become leading industrial professionals and academic scientists, and to generate and valorize ground breaking scientific knowledge, by building and supporting the industrial activities in the region and far beyond.
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If you would like know more about the positions, please contact dr. Alessandro Saccon, a.saccon[at]tue.nl or dr. Andrei Jalba a.c.jalba[at]tue.nl. Further information about the employment conditions can be found here.
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