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Robot Manipulation Expert


We are seeking a highly experienced expert in robot manipulation to be part of the IHMC DARPA Robotics Challenge team. The ideal candidate will have a track record for getting real robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks and be dedicated to writing clean, readable, reliable software. Candidate should have experience with standard control theory, robot kinematics, dynamics, and control concepts, and object oriented programming. Applicants must have good communication and documentation skills, and thrive in both a team and individual environment.

Develop control algorithms and user interfaces for controlling the IHMC Mina exoskeleton. Write software for testing and diagnosing exoskeleton hardware. Work with exoskeleton pilots to determine user needs and improved interfaces. This is a full time position. Information about the Mina project can be found at www.ihmc.us\mina.

Minimum requirements for the successful candidate:

  • Masters or PhD degree, with thesis focused on robot manipulation.
  • 2 years of experience developing robot manipulation algorithms for real robot hardware.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Experience in C, C++, or Java, with the ability to become highly proficient in Java Job Description: Develop manipulation algorithms as part of the IHMC DARPA Robotics Challenge team. Implement these algorithms in both simulation and on real humanoid robot hardware. Integrate algorithms into an intuitive user interface. Debug algorithms and hardware.

  • To Apply: Email the following to Visit robotjobs@ihmc.us with the subject line RobotManipulation2012:

    1. Resume
    2. Description of a robot manipulation project in which you were a key team member. Include a link to a web page or YouTube video showing your robot.
    3. One or two published papers in which you were a significant author.
    4. One to two page essay describing why you want to be a developer of manipulation algorithms for humanoid robots, what makes you qualified, and what you see as the major challenges to achieving remotely operated humanoid robots that are as capable as their biological counterparts.
    5. Email address of two references.
      1. Practice Description

        Applicants who do not follow the application instructions at http://ihmc.us/superstar/ will not be considered. Updates to this announcement may appear at Visit www.ihmc.us/robotjobs

        Application Deadline: Open until filled

        IHMC is an EEO/AA Employer

        Client Description

        IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities.

        Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Our human-centered approach often results in systems that can be regarded as cognitive or perceptual prostheses, much as eyeglasses are a sort of ocular prosthesis. These systems fit the human and machine components together in ways that exploit their respective strengths and mitigate their respective weaknesses. The design and fit of computational prostheses require a broader interdisciplinary range than is typically found in one organization, thus IHMC staff includes computer scientists, cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, physicians, philosophers, engineers and social scientists of various stripes, as well as some people who resist all attempts to classify them.

        Current active research areas include: knowledge modeling and sharing, adjustable autonomy, robotics, advanced interfaces and displays, communication and collaboration, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, expertise studies, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, and other related areas.

        IHMC faculty and staff collaborate extensively with industry and government to develop science and technology that can be enabling with respect to society's broader goals. IHMC researchers receive funding from a wide range of government and private sources. IHMC research partners have included: DARPA, NSF, NASA, Army, Navy, Air Force, NIH, IARPA, DOT, IDEO, Raytheon, IBM, Microsoft, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Lockheed, and SAIC, among others.

        Location Description

        Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL

Opportunity Details

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