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Multiple Ph.D. Positions in Robotics (planetary rover, UAV, and pollination robot)

The Interactive Robotics Laboratory - IRL ( at West Virginia University (WVU) has multiple fully funded Ph.D. positions. Research areas include planetary rover design, autonomy, robotic pollination, and cooperative UAV flight control.
Prospective students should hold a master’s or bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science/engineering, automatic controls, mechatronics, applied mathematics, or other related disciplines. She/he should have a strong background and interest in one or several of the following areas: systems and controls, stochastic estimation, artificial intelligence, computer vision, mathematics, instrumentation, programing, and robot design. The candidates should also have excellent verbal and writing skills in English, should be motivated and capable of creatively working in a team environment.
Interested candidates should apply to WVU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering online. Questions about the position may be sent to Dr. Yu Gu at
About IRL: IRL provides a free thinking environment that allows students to reach their full potential. At IRL, students are encouraged to develop their own research ideas, supported by resource provided internally and from external sponsors. Many students at IRL have won prestigious fellowships and awards. As a group, IRL won the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge in 2014 (level-1 prize), 2015 ($100,000 level-2 prize), and 2016 ($750,000 final prize).
About WVU: WVU is designated as an “R1” Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. More information here:
About Morgantown: Morgantown is an attractive college town located within easy traveling distance of Pittsburgh (~1 hr. drive) and Washington, D.C. (~3 hr. drive). Morgantown was rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by BizJournals. Business Insider also named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. Being in a mountainous area, there are many outdoor sports activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing.

Good day Sir, is this opportunity still open and how do I apply.

Update Jan 06, 2018: One position was filled. Two Ph.D. openings are still available. Currently active research topics include planetary rover autonomy for Mars Sample Return (in collaboration with NASA JPL), robotic precision pollination, UAV/UGV cooperative navigation in underground tunnels, and bio-inspired robot design.

A few photos of our robots:

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A close formation flight experiment

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