Aerial Robotics – Aerial Robotics, Manipulation, AI for Physical Interaction, Multi-robot Collaborative Manipulation, Human-Aerial Robot Interaction Design, Control, Perception

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Aerial Robotics – Aerial Robotics, Manipulation, AI for Physical Interaction, Multi-robot Collaborative Manipulation, Human-Aerial Robot Interaction Design, Control, Perception


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Offer DescriptionCall for expression of interest descriptionThe is a highly prestigious renowned EU-funded scheme. It offers talented scientists a unique chance to set up 2-year research and training projects with the support of a supervising team. Besides providing an attractive grant, it represents a major opportunity to boost the career of promising researchers.Research laboratories in Brittany arethus looking for excellent postdoctoral researchers with an international profile to write a persuasive proposal to apply for a Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship grant in 2024 (deadline of the EU call set on 11 September 2024). The topic and research team presented below have been identified in this regard.Main Research Field

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

Research sub-field(s)Intelligent robotics, cybernetics, Artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, multi agent systems, Control engineering, Aerospace engineeringKeywordsAerial Robotics, Manipulation, AI for Physical Interaction, Multi-robot Collaborative Manipulation, Human-Aerial Robot Interaction Design, Control, PerceptionResearch project descriptionAerial physical interaction is attracting considerable attention because of the great application and scientific interest, as well as future impact [1]. The goal is to enhance manipulation capabilities of highly dynamical aerial manipulators for complex tasks, involving dynamic and static objects, and in real environments characterized by uncertainties and disturbances. Investigations will focus on the design of new conception, modeling and control methods for precise, robust and safe physical interaction tasks for real applications [2]. To overcome payload and manipulation limits, multi-robot cooperative manipulation [3] and human-aerial robot collaboration [4] is of interest as well. * Ollero, A., Tognon, M., Suarez, A., Lee, D., & Franchi, A. (2021). Past, present, and future of aerial robotic manipulators. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 38(1), 626-645.

  • Brunner, M., Rizzi, G., Studiger, M., Siegwart, R., & Tognon, M. (2022). A planning-and-control framework for aerial manipulation of articulated objects. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 7(4), 10689-10696.
  • Sanalitro, D., Tognon, M., Cano, A. J., Cortés, J., & Franchi, A. (2022). Indirect force control of a cable-suspended aerial multi-robot manipulator. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 7(3), 6726-6733.
  • Tognon, M., Alami, R., & Siciliano, B. (2021). Physical human-robot interaction with a tethered aerial vehicle: Application to a force-based human guiding problem. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 37(3), 723-734.

Supervisor(s)The Postdoctoral Fellow will be supervised by Dr. Marco TOGNON. Marco is an Inria Researcher since 2022, leading the aerial robotic activities within the Rainbow team at Inria Rennes. Before that, he was post-doctoral researcher at ETH-Zurich, and from 2018-2020 a post-doctoral researcher at Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS). He obtained his PhD in robotics from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA Toulouse) in July 2018. His main research focuses on aerial manipulators, multi-robot aerial coordination, and human-aerial robot interaction.Main related publications:
, , , , and , , IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 10689-1069, 2022. , , , , and , , IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 2377-3766, 2022. , , and , , Transactions on Robotics, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 723-734, 2021.Related links:

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Department/ResearchInria is the French national research institute for digital science and technology. World-class research, technological innovation and entrepreneurial risk are its DNA. In 215 project teams, most of which are shared with major research universities, more than 3,900 researchers and engineers explore new paths, often in an interdisciplinary manner and in collaboration with industrial partners to meet ambitious challenges. As a technological institute, Inria supports the diversity of innovation pathways: from open source software publishing to the creation of technological startups (Deeptech).The Inria Centre at Rennes University was established in 1980. The centre has 30 research teams, 24 being shared with the IRISA mixed research unit. Its activities occupy over 600 people, scientists and research innovation support staff, including 50 different nationalities. The Inria Centre at Rennes University covers a wide range of expertise in Computer Science, with scientific priorities such as secure digital society, human-robot-virtual world interactions, digital biology and health and digital ecology.The long-term vision of the Rainbow team is to develop the next generation of sensor-based robots able to navigate and/or interact in complex unstructured environments together with human users.We aim at tackling these general scientific challenges:

  • high-level of autonomy for complex robots in complex (unstructured) environments;
  • forward interfaces for letting an operator giving high-level commands to the robots in simple ways;
  • backward interfaces for informing the operator about the robot ‘status’;
  • user studies for assessing the best interfacing depending on the particular task/situation.

The applications targeted by research activities involve:

  • remote manipulation with single/multiple arms under the guidance of a human operator
  • coordination of single/multiple mobile robots for spatial navigation tasks (e.g., exploration, navigation, mapping)
  • medical robotics for semi-autonomous probing and intervention
  • assistive mobility devices for frail or impaired people

LocationCentre Inria de l’Université de RennesRequirementsResearch Field Computer science Education Level PhD or equivalentLanguages ENGLISH Level ExcellentResearch Field Computer scienceAdditional InformationEligibility criteriaAcademic qualification: By 11 September 2024, applicants must bein possession of a doctoral degree, defined as a successfully defended doctoral thesis, even if the doctoral degree has yet to be awarded.Research experience: Applicants must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date applicants were in possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.Nationality & Mobility rules:Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided more than 12 months in France in the 36 months immediately prior to the MSCA-PF call deadline on 11 September 2024.Selection processWe encourage all motivated and eligible postdoctoral researchers to send their expressions of interest through the EU Survey application form ( ), before 5th of May 2024. Your application shall include:

  • a CV specifying: (i) the exact dates for each position and its location (country) and (ii) a list of publications;
  • a cover letter including a research outline (up to 2 pages) identifying the research synergies with the project supervisor(s) and proposed research topics described above.

Estimated timetableDeadline for sending an expression of interest5th May 2024Selection of the most promising application(s)May – June 2024Writing the MSCA-PF proposal with the support of the above-mentioned supervisor(s)June – September 2024MSCA-PF 2024 call deadline11th September 2024Publication of the MSCA-PF evaluation resultsFebruary 2025Start of the MSCA-PF project (if funded)May 2025 (at the earliest)Website for additional job detailsWork Location(s)Number of offers available 1 Company/Institute Centre Inria de l’Université de Rennes Country France City Rennes Postal Code 35000 Street 263, avenue du Général Leclerc GeofieldWhere to apply WebsiteContact State/ProvinceFRANCE CityRennes WebsiteStreet263 avenue du Général Leclerc Postal Code35042 E-Mail[email protected]STATUS: EXPIRED

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Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine

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