PhD Vacancy in Robotic In-Hand-Manipulation at Imperial College London

The Manipulation and Touch Lab (MTL) of Imperial College London is a new research effort led by Dr Ad Spiers that will focus on manipulation, haptics, and machine learning. MTL is currently hiring a PhD student to work on the development of innovative robotic hand designs featuring variable friction surfaces, as a new approach to robotic in-hand-manipulation.

This scholarship is open to Home and International applicants.

This project will involve the iterative design, fabrication and testing of novel robot grippers and variable friction mechanisms to achieve in-hand-manipulation. Appropriate control approaches will also be developed and may be determined analytically and/or via machine learning methods.

The position will suit a creative and motivated individual who is seeking to apply their mechatronic talents to creating exciting new robotic hardware. Applicants should have experience in CAD design, hardware prototyping and programming. Existing ROS, Matlab and/or Python experience is a bonus, but certainly not essential.

MTL is part of the Intelligent Systems and Networks (ISN) group based in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of Imperial College London. ISN is a friendly, interdisciplinary research group of 9 faculty and more than 70 postdoctoral and PhD researchers, doing fundamental as well as applied research on robot manipulation, intelligent assistive robotics, computer vision, machine learning, bio-inspired computation and neural networks, audition, self-organising systems and communications. We are located at Imperial's South Kensington Campus, in the heart of the UK’s vibrant capital.

The PhD position is full time and fully funded for 3.5 years. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, contact details of 2-4 referees and, where possible, examples of relevant past projects (academic, professional or hobby) along with photographs or links to demo videos. I particularly encourage applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities.

To apply for the position please click on the Apply link on the job advert: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CGL915/phd-scholarship-robotic-in-hand-manipulation-with-variable-friction-surfaces

Closing Date: 9th July 2021. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.