SMART (http://www.smartitn.eu ) is a joint venture between academia and industry, providing scientific and personal development of young researchers in the multidisciplinary fields of soft robotics and smart materials. The fellowships are funded as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks under the European Commission’s H2020 programme. The successful candidates will be hosted at leading international universities, research centres and companies with the possibility to write a PhD thesis. The position is available immediately.
The development of soft actuators is a rising trend in robotics because of their promise of more robust, resilient and energy efficient designs. However, light weight and flexible structures are more susceptible to damage than conventional rigid actuators. Therefore, it makes sense to incorporate self-healing materials into flexible robot designs.
We are looking for a well-motivated member of our team to work on new ideas for self-sensing flexible actuators. More specifically, the aims are:
- proposing new design principles for damage sensing of soft actuators considering their mechanical design, sensing capabilities and control principles
- developing physical prototypes and testing them
- proposing, testing and validating new approaches for modelling and control of the actuators
- publishing the results in scientific journals and conferences
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