[Comp-neuro] PhD students and Post-doc positions on the control of hyper-redundant arms/manipulators, Weizmann Institute and Hebrew University

Tamar Flash tamar.flash at weizmann.ac.il
Mon Jun 29 10:07:09 CEST 2009


PhD students and Post-doc opportunities at the Weizmann Institute and the Hebrew University, Israel

 

Topic: The control of the hyper-redundant flexible arm movements in the octopus

 

Starting date: Immediately

 

Language requirement: English

 

PhD students and postdocs are sought for research at the Weizmann 
institute and at the Hebrew University on the control of the
hyper-redundant flexible arm movements in the octopus as a basis for the 
development of flexible robotic arms.  The work involves
different computational and experimental aspects including the kinematic 
analysis of octopus movements, the development of
kinematic and dynamic models and investigations of the control 
strategies used by the octopus in the control of unconstrained,
grasping and contact tasks and the development of suitable neural 
networks and computational models. These research topics
involve the use of behavioral, neurobiological and computational 
approaches. However the amount of emphasis on
experimental versus computational approaches will differ depending on 
the specific project, the students/postdocs background and interest, etc.

The research work will be part of a work of a EU funded research project 
led by a computational motor control scientist and
neurobiologists within a research team composed of neuroscientists and 
roboticists working on the project.  Interest in
neuroscience and specifically in motor control, biomechanics and 
robotics are preferred but individuals with knowledge
and educational background in computational neuroscience and 
neuroscience in general, physics, applied mathematics,
computer science, engineering (mechanical, biomedical, electrical), 
bioinformatics or related areas may also apply.
Programming skills are expected.

A description of the work of the team and prior publications can be found in

*http://www.octopus.huji.ac.il*

_How to apply_:

Please send your CV and contact information to Tamar Flash (Email: tamar.flash at weizmann.ac.il). 
If you have any questions related to the project, please don't hesitate to contact Prof. Tamar Flash by e-mail.

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