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is seeking highly motivated PhD students in the domain of soft aerial robotics to study the design and control of rotorcrafts with deformable frames.
Drones are finding an increasing number of applications, ranging from mapping and surveying vast areas while flying in open skies to accessing confined environments for inspections or search and rescue missions. Despite the vastly different mission profiles, drones share a striking set of similarities. In contrast, in nature, each flying animal possesses a body highly adapted to its ecological niche. This results in significant differences in terms of both body and brain; for example, consider the differences in the sensorimotor systems of eagles, bats, and mosquitoes.
The European project SPEAR project aims to revolutionize the field of drones and deliver the vision of mission- and environment-tailored aerial robotics through a collective view of the design of the robots’ “body” and “brain”. ETHZ’s contribution to the project is threefold: (i) develop novel frames for rotorcrafts that strategically combines rigid and soft materials to enable morphing and collision resilience, (ii) study how the softness of the frame has an impact on the controllability of the drone and (iii) develop novel propulsion systems to actively control the stability and shape of these soft frames.
Within the broad scope of the upcoming European project SPEAR, the PhD candidate will contribute to the domains ofdesign, manufacturing, propulsion and control of soft aerial robots. The responsibilities encompassed by this role include:
The project will be hosted by the Environmental Robotics Lab at ETHZ and WSL. The activity will be part of European project that includes extensive university and industry collaboration and thus many opportunities for international collaboration.
The period of employment is 4 years with a starting date Jan 1st 2024.
Here are examples of relevant results in the domain of soft aerial robots:
We look forward to receiving your online application including:
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted via our online application portal. Applications via email will not be considered.
For more information, specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor Stefano Mintchev at (no applications). Review of applications will be on an ongoing basis beginning Nov 1st 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
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