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Biomimic Cobots Program Postdoctoral Researcher based at UTS

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Biomimic Cobots – Postdoc Research Fellow UTS Position Description

Program Overview

The goal of the Program is to allow collaborative robots to mimic humans in acquiring perception and awareness, learning, adaptation and manipulation skills. The Program will develop the robot perception, motion planning and learning theory, and algorithms for safe, reliable, adaptive and comfortable human-robot/robot-robot adaptation for tasks such as welding, assembly, inspection, material handling and polishing.

The Program seeks novel solutions to the following research questions confronting Australian manufacturers:

  • How a robot gains skills and knowledge with no or minimal task-specific programming;
  • How a robot mimics human sensing and control ability to execute a contact task in achieving the finishing goals;
  • How a collaborative robot with augmented mobility executes a complex task in a large unconstrained space.

The Program will further develop testbeds embedded with Partner Organisations to validate the research outcomes resulting from each project.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conducting high-quality research relevant to the research program as part of project teams to meet goals timelines and deliverables.
  • Participating and contributing to ethical, high-quality, and innovative research through activities such as quality publications, industry and end-user presentations, or conference presentations.
  • Actively participating in strategic planning for Human-Robot Workforce research and development.
  • Maintaining complete and accurate research records, including written and verbal reports, documenting  details of IP, ethics approvals, publications, media mentions, and other key program metrics as required.
  • Leading and participating in high-performing multidisciplinary teams and assisting with the supervision of research students both undergraduate and postgraduate.
  • With support from the Program Leader, developing and maintaining strategic relationships and networks with a wide range of stakeholders including industry partners, partner institutions and internal QUT partners based in other faculties.
  • Liaising with collaborators and stakeholders; and generating, finalising and editing research reports, progress reports and project reports for collaborators.
  • Partaking in and encouraging HDRs to take part in the centre’s professional development program.
  • Implementing and administering University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety.