Adjunct Teaching Professor-Robotics

United States, North America
Jul 22, 2014
Employment Type
Part Time

Adjunct Teaching Professor-Robotics
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Robotics Engineering Program

Basic Function
WPI is actively seeking applicants for part-time Adjunct Faculty to teach Robotics Engineering courses in a number of sub-areas in the Fall and Spring 2014/2015 semesters and beyond.

Principal Duty and Responsibility
The WPI Robotics Engineering (RBE) Graduate program has a need for one or two well-qualified adjunct faculty members to 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.
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.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Curriculum Vitae

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