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The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) ( subject at the department of Computer Science and Electrical and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, is now looking for two PhD students contributing to our growing activities. The RAI team is conducting fundamental research in all the aspects of robotics with a specific focus on aerial, space and bioinspired robotics. The vision of RAI is aiming in closing the gap from theory to real life, while the team has a strong expertise in field robotics. Specific application areas of focus are robotics for mines, aerial inspection of aging infrastructure, multi-robotic search and rescue, multi sensorial fusion and multirobot coordination, including multirobot perception, decentralization and mission execution. The RAI team has a strong European participation in multiple R&D&I projects, while RAI is also participating in the DARPA SUB-T challenge with the CoSTAR Team lead by NASA/JPL ( and has an R&D research agenda with HONDA Research Institute in Japan (

Research topics
The PhD candidates will be working in the field of aerial robotics and their activities will be linked with European R&D Projects and the SubT challenge in the general field of multi-vehicle collaborative perception and exploration of unknown and non-structured areas (Tunnels, Urban and Caves).

The research topic is in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. More specifically, the position will involve dense research activities in the area of designing, experimenting and theoretical control development in the area of UAVs. The specific two research topics include:

Research Topic #1 AI and Motion planning Robotics

  • Reinforcement learning for collaborative multi robot team deployment
  • Advanced AI for mission planner for team of hybrid robots
  • Deep learning for localization
  • Multi sensor fusion framework
  • Motion planning for dynamic and uncertain environments
  • Multi-Robot global/local motion planning
  • Exploration of unknown and unstructured environments
  • Proactive & Reactive Obstacle Avoidance
  • Robot interaction and collaboration between different types of robots 

Research Topic #2 Perception based Robotics

  • Collaborative vision for robotics
  • Collaborative Mapping and Exploration
  • Simultaneous localization, path planning and exploration
  • Multi-Modal Mapping
  • Multi Session Mapping
  • Multi robot cooperative object detection
  • Real-time perception systems for guidance and control

To be qualified for the position, the applicant must have a MSc degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science or related subject. The candidate will need to represent the group in different occasions, both in Sweden and world-wide. Perfect scientific skills with excellence in real life experimentation, as well as very good communication skills are considered as a strong plus.

The candidate will perform research with substantial theoretical and experimental components that should be published in peer-reviewed major international journals and at major conferences. The position will include supervision of MSc and to assist in grant applications from research funding agencies/councils, the EU framework program or the industry. The position might also involve teaching assistance, seminars and presentations.

For further information please contact Chaired Professor George Nikolakopoulos +46 920 491298,

Union representatives:  SACO-S Kjell Johansson +46 (0)920-491529, OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 (0)920-491792

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV with a full description of all the scientific merits of the candidate, motivation letter, list of 2 persons that could provide recommendation for the candidate and copies of verified and translated diplomas from high school and universities. Your application must be written in English. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Final day to apply: April 19th, 2021
Reference number: 61-2021