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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fakultät IV - Institute of Computer Engineering and Microelectronics / Intelligent Systems

2 positions - Research Assistant - salary grade E 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

under the reserve that funds are granted - part-time employment may be possible

Research Assistant for the project "Motion Coordination for Heterogeneous Aerial Swarms in Congested Environments". The industrial success of multi-robot systems has largely been limited to homogeneous robot teams in well-known environments, such as planned drone shows and specially equipped warehouses. This is largely a result of the dearth of efficient and safe algorithms to coordinate robots in very close proximity to either each other or to other, potentially dynamic obstacles - conditions that we refer to as congested environments. This project is driven by two key applications in which heterogeneous teams of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are in particular useful: 1) Industry 4.0, where aerial robots move tools, supplies, or finished parts to other areas in a factory; and 2) construction, where multiple robots collaborate on tasks. The goal of the project is to investigate novel algorithms for motion coordination for heterogeneous aerial robotic teams that operate persistently and in close proximity to each other.

Work­ing field:

The candidate will participate in research to contribute 1) novel centralized, decentralized, and hierarchical algorithms that allow heterogeneous aerial swarms to operate in much closer proximity to each other than existing approaches; 2) validation of those algorithms on physical hardware with one of the key applications in mind; and 3) improvements to and maintenance of an aerial swarms research testbed. The algorithm design will use and improve tools from informed search, imitation learning, and trajectory optimization.
The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops, and may supervise student employees working on the project. Travel once or twice per year to international conferences to share and discuss research findings is expected.
PhD preparation is possible.

Require­ments:

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in robotics, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related discipline with outstanding performance.
  • Strong analytical skills (such as linear algebra, calculus, AI theory).
  • Strong programming skills, preferably in C++, Python, or Julia.
  • Excellent communication.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of German or the willingness to learn it.
  • Above all, enthusiasm for the research area and a desire to develop cutting-edge solutions to challenging real-world problems.
Desirable:
  • Knowledge of trajectory optimization, informed search, machine learning, or planning.
  • Experience with multi-agent or multi-robot systems.
  • Experience with unmanned aerial vehicles (e.g., Crazyflie, PX4, Arducopter) or other robotic systems.
  • Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS).
  • Experience with embedded systems (e.g., firmware development in C).
  • Working knowledge of Linux.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your application in English with the following documents (as a single PDF) exclusively by e-mail to Prof. Dr. M. Toussaint at i.cicchetti-nilsson@tu-berlin.de, quoting the reference number.
  • Cover letter with your interest and experience related to the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts (BS and MS)
  • Names and email addresses of up to two qualified persons who are willing to provide a reference on request
  • Other supporting material (e.g., selected authored manuscripts)

By submitting your application via email you consent to having your data electronically processed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guaranty for the protection of your personal data when submitted as unprotected file. Please find our data protection notice acc. DSGVO (General Data Protection Regulation) at TU website quick access 214041.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Workplace
Technische Universität Berlin is a vibrant university in the heart of Berlin, Germany with one of the highest proportions of international students (25%) in Germany. The research is conducted at the Institute of Computer Engineering and Microelectronics, as part of a new independent research group created by the Emmy Noether program,funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and headed by Dr. Wolfgang Hönig. TU Berlin has several other leading robotics groups (headed by Prof. Marc Toussaint, Prof. Oliver Brock, and Prof. Guillermo Gallego) for excellent collaboration opportunities.

For more information about the project and related publications please contact Ilaria Cicchetti-Nilsson
at i.cicchetti-nilsson@tu-berlin.de.