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Agile motion generation for quadruped robots in realistic scenarios

PGR-P-276

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Chengxu Zhou
Schools
School of Mechanical Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

We are looking for an outstanding candidate to join the cutting-edge robotics research carried on at the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation (iDRO) at the University of Leeds. You will work in a world class robotic research environment supported by &pound;1M+ of robotic hardware and complemented with ANYmal robot and several Laikago quadrupedal robots. You will contribute to advance understanding in one or more of following research areas within the iDRO: Locomotion of legged mobile robots including research into walking robots, exoskeletons, and general fast multi-link robotic systems. In particular, you will perform research to embed autonomous motor skills in legged robot while it is dynamically interacting with realistic environments. Research effort will be spared to developments and integrations of conventional motion planning/control algorithms, as well as state-of-art machine learning techniques, to achieve creature comparable motion capabilities of legged robots. The candidate will be responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of legged whole-body motion algorithms, in physically simulations and on the real quadruped robots within the university. Other activities will include analyzing and summarizing research results into high-quality peer-reviewed scientific publications, traveling for research meetings with our collaborators and for presenting research results at conferences worldwide, participating in outreach activities to engage the broader community into science and engineering.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>We are looking for an outstanding candidate to join the cutting-edge robotics research carried on at the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation (iDRO) at the University of Leeds. You will work in a world class robotic research environment supported by &pound;1M+ of robotic hardware and complemented with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rsl.ethz.ch/robots-media/anymal.html">ANYmal robot</a>&nbsp;and several&nbsp;<a href="http://www.unitree.cc/e/action/ShowInfo.php?classid=6&amp;id=347">Laikago quadrupedal robots</a>.</p> <p>You will contribute to advance understanding in one or more of following research areas within the iDRO: Locomotion of legged mobile robots including research into walking robots, exoskeletons, and general fast multi-link robotic systems. In particular, you will perform research to embed autonomous motor skills in legged robot while it is dynamically interacting with realistic environments. Research effort will be spared to developments and integrations of conventional motion planning/control algorithms, as well as state-of-art machine learning techniques, to achieve creature comparable motion capabilities of legged robots.</p> <p>The candidate will be responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of legged whole-body motion algorithms, in physically simulations and on the real quadruped robots within the university. Other activities will include analyzing and summarizing research results into high-quality peer-reviewed scientific publications, traveling for research meetings with our collaborators and for presenting research results at conferences worldwide, participating in outreach activities to engage the broader community into science and engineering.</p> <p>The earliest date date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Agile motion generation for quadruped robots in realistic scenarios&rsquo;&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/1720/Dr_Chengxu_Zhou">Dr Chengxu Zhou</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth PhD and Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships for Low and Middle Income countries.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admisisons by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk</a>, or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr Chengxu Zhou by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:C.X.Zhou@leeds.ac.uk">C.X.Zhou@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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