© 2018 by Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Unmanned Vehicles Robotarium systems lab often has open research positions, invited speakers, seminars, and many other activities on a regular basis. Please find below current announcements from our research group including open research (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) positions.

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We receive many inquiries from potential students about pursuing graduate studies and working on diverse projects within our lab. Although we try to reply to every inquiry as soon as possible sometimes this is not possible. Thus, we ask for your patience in this regard.
We thank you for your interest in the University of Calgary and in the work that we perform in the area of autonomous unmanned vehicles.

Prospective undergraduate students:

If you are interested in unmanned vehicles and would like to get involved in our projects please Contact Us. Participating in our research efforts usually involve hands-on experience plus analytical and theoretical work. Reading textbooks and research papers to get the required knowledge is typical for all our student members. Participation in our projects also involves writing up papers and technical reports on a regular basis.

 

Undergraduate summer stipends

 

All students interested in working in our lab are STRONGLY encouraged to apply and get external scholarships and stipends as part of applying to work with us.

NSERC USRA and Mitacs Globalink awards among other scholarship options provide prestigious stipends for domestic and international undergraduate summer research. 

These stipends and awards are quite competitive. To apply for them read through the material provided on the Mitacs and NSERC's web pages and check with our academic department for possible open positions. You can also contact Dr. Ramirez-Serrano directly to inquire about open summer positions. In addition to the above awards, there are other stipends, e.g., STEP program, that students can apply for.

Prospective graduate students:

Interested students wanting to pursue Ph.D. or M.Sc. graduate studies in the area of unmanned vehicles are required to go through the Department of Mechanical Engineering and university formal application process. For detailed information on how to apply please check out the information provided in the School of grad studies web pages.

 

If our research projects match your interests and talents you are welcome to contact us to inquire about possible open positions and list Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano as a potential supervisor in your application.

 

Every year we receive an average of 200-250 inquiries from domstic and international interested students. Thus, competition to get admitted into our R&D lab is fierce. To increase your chances of joining our research team all interested students are STRONGLY encouraged to apply and get external scholarships to the University.

 

Postdocs or visiting researchers

Interested students wanting to pursue a postdoc or come as a visitor to work in one of our projects please contact Dr. A. Ramirez-Serano directly.

OPEN POSITIONS:

Please contact Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano directly when inquiring for any of our open positions.

 

B.Sc. Undergraduate Student Positions:

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Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano is in search for undergraduate students interested in working on one of the numerous design projects in the area of mobile robotics. The student will work with diverse CAD software tools in the design and prototyping of novel mechanisms.

 

We are currently looking for 3rd or 4th-year Undergraduate student (Mechanical or Electrical) to work on the following projects:

 

  • Project # 1: Control of a multi-fingered programmable robotic hand via ROS:

Control of a multi-fingered programmable robotic hand having the dexterity to grasp numerous objects of different size, shapes & orientations with minimal control effort.

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  • Project # 2: Mechanical design of a concept 3D printed life-size two-arm robot torso:

This project concerns the mechanical design of a concept 3D printed life-size two-arm robot torso able to interact with its surroundings.

 

In both projects, students will design customized mechanical and software control components and will select and purchase the needed electrical (e.g., motors) and electronic components (e.g., sensors). The students will be required to apply and get respectable scholarships/awards such as those provided by NSERC's URSA and Mitacs Globalink programs. If interested please contact Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano directly ( aramirez@ucalgary.ca ).

 

​​Students will have to apply for one of the NSERC USRA, Mitacs, etc. awards for the 2019 summer. Please contact Ms. Sharon Yu within our department for information on how to apply for these and other summer work awards.

 

Ph.D. and M.Sc. Graduate Student Positions:

 

 

  • UAV manipulation modeling and control:

Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano is in search for an M.Sc. or a Ph.D. student interested in working on a UAV manipulation modeling and control. We are particularly looking for a talented student to work on an autonomous high-speed double ducted fan VTOL UAV in which there is a need to develop novel control mechanisms applied to grasp maneuvers. The project also involves controlling the UAV such that it can land and take-off on moving inclined platforms. The requirements are numerous but mainly we are looking for a student with a good background in the areas of control, computer vision, and dynamic system modeling. If interested please contact Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano directly ( aramirez@ucalgary.ca ).

 

  • Autonomous humanoid robotics modeling and control:

Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano is in search for a Master or a Ph.D. student interested in working on autonomous humanoid robotics modeling and control. We are particularly looking for a talented student to work on a life-size robot for which there is a need to study and enhance its locomotion mechanisms to characterize the environment and plan its motions (walk, support, balance, use its hands for additional support, etc) as it moves within a confined environment where there is a need for the robot to walk, crawl or jump depending on the perceived environment. The requirements are numerous but mainly we are looking for a student with a good background in the areas of dynamic system identification, control, and humanoid locomotion. If interested please contact Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano directly ( aramirez@ucalgary.ca  ).

 

Post-Doctoral positions:

 

 

  • Life-size humanoid robot motion and control to enable enhanced high-speed motion:

Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano is in search for a post-doctoral fellow interested in working on the following aspects of humanoid robot locomotion within a multi-disciplinary approach where knowledge from science, biology, and robotics is used:

 

  1. Development of a multibody dynamic model of a life-size humanoid robot that enables enhanced motion simulation and analytical analysis.

  2. Analysis of the robot’s stability for different multi-contact whole-body poses.

  3. Development of a strategy to select sequences of whole-body poses that minimize joint torques and maximize the robot’s stability and speed in all phases of its motion.

  4. Evaluation of the robot’s stability, speed, and joint torques when moving along selected whole-body poses using different walking and crawling strategies.

 

 The proposed work includes both theoretical and experimental work. If interested please contact Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano directly ( aramirez@ucalgary.ca  ).