Graduate Research Assistant Position in Marine Autonomy Available
US Citizenship Required
The Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Machines Engineering (PRIME) Lab at Michigan Tech is seeking applications for a three-year graduate research assistant GRA position in marine autonomy. The project addresses a concern of the broad AI and autonomy communities: as autonomy is pushed into complex and unstructured environments, the vulnerabilities of sensing, processing, and decision-making must be better understood and addressed.
This effort focuses on mitigating autonomous robot system (ARS) vulnerabilities that can be potentially exploited. A comprehensive study of possible disruptions to ARSs will be performed, followed by the development of robust autonomy algorithms that mitigate these disruptions. Analyses will be undertaken to develop a deep understanding of how uncertainty in ARSs affects the autonomy framework: sensors to software. This effort will culminate in novel ARS architectures for executing robust autonomy in military-relevant scenarios.
As part of this GRA position, summer employment may be available with the U.S. Navy. Upon graduation, there is the potential to transition to full-time employment in the U.S. Navy, although this is a potential benefit, not a requirement.
Desired skills include familiarity with computer programming languages such as Python and C, experience with robotics (Robot Operating System) and robot systems, and general research experience, though candidates with a broad range of research skills will be considered and trained.
To apply, please contact Dr. Timothy Havens at firstname.lastname@example.org.