2 MSc student scholarships on drone capture planning and grasping mechanism

Applications are invited for 2 MSc Student Scholarships, at the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal. The selected candidates will be part of the research team of project CAPTURE (https://capture.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/), addressing the use of a shuttle drone for launch and capture other vehicles in cooperative and non-cooperative scenarios, with a deep focus on efficient drones for each type of mission.

This position targets candidates holding a BSc degree (or equivalent) and enrolled in a MSC program. The selected candidates are expected to work on one of the following topics: (a) integration, planning and control of shuttle and target vehicles for capture maneuvers; and (b) development of an automatic mechatronic grasping system to effectively capture the target vehicles.

The research will be conducted at the Dynamic Systems and Ocean Robotics group of the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) (http://welcome.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/projects_cat/dsor/), supervised by Bruno Guerreiro and also in close interaction with the rest of the project and group research team. ISR/IST is the home to more than 40 PhDs and part of the LARSyS (Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems – http://www.larsys.pt). ISR/IST is engaged in a new generation of research challenges pushing the frontiers of knowledge, while offering world-class doctoral training with top universities (e.g. dual/joint degrees with MIT, EPFL, CMU) and fueling the collaboration with industry. ISR/IST develops state-of-the-art engineering solutions and projects with a clear societal impact, and has a long track record of participation in EU and other international projects (http://www.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt).

Requirements: the candidates are expected to have a BSc of equivalent degree, be enrolled in a MSc program, and have a strong background in control, robotics, computer science, aerospace or mechatronics engineering or a mix of these areas. Good programming skills in Matlab, C++, Python, and experience with ROS, are also welcome. The working language is English, so good written and oral communication skills are also required.

Application info:
– Deadline: 8-March-2023
– Institutional announcements:
a. Focus on planning for capture: https://ist-id.pt/files/sites/43/bl46-ist-id_en-pdf-552kb.pdf
b. Focus on grasping mechanism: https://ist-id.pt/files/sites/43/bl45-ist-id_en-pdf-623kb.pdf
– Application submitted by email to: bguerreiro@isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Contract info:
– Duration: 6 months (full time)
– Foreseen starting date: April 2021
– Monthly salary: 875,98€ (tax free)
– Other conditions: Social protection and free (with small access fees) healthcare in portuguese public network
– Work place: ISR-Lisbon – IST Alameda campus, Lisbon, Portugal

Documents to be submitted:
– B1 Form (https://ist-id.pt/files/sites/43/b1-candidatura-a-concurso.docx)
– Curriculum Vitae (structured according to the announcement);
– Academic degree certificate;
– proof of enrollment at an academic degree course (Master or Integrated);
– Motivation letter.

For further information, send an email to bguerreiro@isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt .

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