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Post-doctoral position available in IMT Atlantique, Brest, project HERON: Intelligent Habitat coupled with Assistive Robots based on Digital Twins

A 1.5 year post-doctoral position is immediately available in the domain of assistive robotics and smart home environments, in the context of project HERON.

– Context –

Project HERON (Habitat intelligent Et RObotique d’assistance basés sur le jumeau Numérique) is part of the bilateral research program ‘‘Chaire Maintien à Domicile (M@D)’’, jointly directed by the Foundations of ENSIBS and of IMT Atlantique with a strong collaboration of the Kerpape rehabilitation centre. Its goal consists in conceiving and testing systems using new technologies allowing frail or disabled people to palliate the loss of personal autonomy and in turn, prolong their potential for continual living in their homes. Our society is increasingly confronted with this challenge as a result of its demographic change, induced by increasing ageing and birth rate decline.

– Objectives –

In this context, the team IHSEV/RAMBO of IMT Atlantique collaborates with team MOCS of ENSIBS to develop novel assistive services, offered by service robots that operate within smart spaces/environments. The project HERON aims to develop a cyber-physical model of a system consisting of (i) the human user, (ii) the intelligent habitat and (iii) the assistive robots, on the basis of the notion of ‘‘Digital Twin’’ (DT) for each of these constituents. Establishing this dual relation between the real world and its replicas in the form of DTs will serve as reference point, on the basis of which different assistance services could be developed, allowing to monitor, diagnose and forecast the behavior of the entire system.

Inspired by the exploitation of DTs in the domain of Industry of the Future and Internet-of-Things, the project HERON extends this perspective in the domain of personal assistance.

– Development

Development will be performed using the Gazebo simulator environment, the Robot Operating System ROS and the home automation interoperability protocol xAAL ( developed by the team of IMT Atlantique.

Full details related to the project, candidate’s profile and application procedure are available in:

Panagiotis PAPADAKIS & Christophe LOHR
IMT Atlantique, Brest

We are still on the look for candidates for this 1.5 year post-doc project. Candidates coming from abroad are encouraged to apply, now that travel restrictions seem to be waiving progressively.