Adjunct Teaching Professor-Robotics

Adjunct Teaching Professor-Robotics

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: Corporate & Professional Education (NTT/PT)

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Basic Function:
The Robotics Engineering program is actively seeking applicants for a part-time Adjunct Teaching Professor to teach Robotics-related courses, possibly leading to a full-time Instructor or Professor of Practice position.
There is potential need for graduate courses to be taught on campus, off campus in a corporate setting, or online. Specific topics of interest include: Foundations of Robotics, Robot Dynamics, Robot Control, Autonomous Vehicular, Deep Learning and related areas of Artificial Intelligence, motion planning for vehicular paths, sensors, systems and robust control for autonomous vehicles, etc. Course descriptions are listed in the WPI Graduate Catalog

WPI is interested in applicants with teaching and project advising expertise in all areas of Robotics, but is particularly interested in applicants with industrial experience.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • The WPI Robotics Engineering (RBE) Graduate program has a need for well-qualified adjunct faculty members to teach courses as part of the RBE on-line MS program.
    Specific areas of immediate need are:
    1. Mathematical foundations and principles of processing sensor information in robotic systems, including probabilistic concepts related to sensors, sensor signal processing, multi-sensor control systems and optimal estimation. The context is control problems encountered when a robot must operate in an environment where sensor noise and/or tracking errors are significant.
    2. Foundations and principles of robotic manipulation. Specific areas of demonstrated knowledge include computational models of objects and motion, the mechanics of robotic manipulators, the structure of manipulator control systems, planning and programming of robot actions. The focus is on the kinematics and programming of robotic mechanisms. Additional knowledge areas include the dynamics, control, sensor and effector design, and automatic planning methods for robots.
    3. Knowledge of control architectures (deliberative, reactive, behavior-based and hybrid control), control topologies, and system configurations (cellular automata, modular robotic systems, mobile sensor networks, swarms, heterogeneous systems). Areas of expertise should include, but are not limited to, multi-robot control and connectivity, path planning and localization, sensor fusion and robot informatics, task-level control, and robot software system design and implementation.
    4. Image and Vision processing, mathematics, and implementation techniques. Specific areas of interest include current issues in the computer implementation of visual perception, image formation, edge detection, segmentation, shape-from-shading, motion, stereo, texture analysis, pattern classification and object recognition.
    The RBE program is also interested in candidates who have ongoing interest in related robotics areas that are useful for advising students working on their culminating experience capstone project.

    Position Requirements

  • An ideal applicant will hold an advanced degree in Robotics Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical and/or Computer Engineering, or a related discipline with significant practical experience in areas relevant to Robotics Engineering. Undergraduate or graduate teaching experience is also highly desirable, and abilities to teach in other areas is also valued

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