Salary range: < 25,000 € annual gross
Workplace: Marseille – FRANCE
Skill area: IT, Electronics – Automatic, signal processing – Engineering

The thesis work is to take place in the Luminy campus of the Aix Marseille University, within the Biorobotics lab and in collaboration with the Mechanics and Acoustics Laboratory (LMA). It will be supervised by Prof. Bruno Cochelin (LMA) and Dr. Michael Wiertlewski. The successful candidate will have access to state of the art facilities and is expected to work along side a dedicated team. The thesis is supported by the ANR “Young Researcher” that provides funding for salary, equipment and conference attendance.

Subject of the thesis:

The simple task of holding a cup in one’s hand recruits complex sensory-motor coordination that heavily relies on the sense of touch. An increasing number of robots are trying to leverage tactile information in order to improve motion planning and to execute precise manipulation motion. However the richness of the data produced by robotic tactile sensors is barely exploited. This thesis aims at exploring the building blocks of signal processing that empowers artificial touch. Of particular interest is the transformation between the raw data produced by robotic skin to a rich tactile scene that contains relevant information about the compliance of the surface, state of slippage and the presence of edges.

Candidates profile:

Applicant should have a strong background in signal processing, control engineering, robotics or computer science and should hold a Master degree or a engineering diploma in the relevant field. Mastery of Matlab or Python is expected. Basis knowledge of continuum mechanics is welcome and knowledge of ROS is a plus.

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