Thesis Work for Cloud Robotics and Mobile Robots

Västerås,Vaestmanland County,Sweden
21 Oct 2016
07 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
You will be a part of the Industrial Internet of Things team at Corporate Research Sweden, located in Västerås. Together with our colleagues in other R&D centres we develop technologies for future products and services for ABB's cone business. ABB Corporate Research has extensive collaborations with universities and research institutes within the EU and world-wide.

We are looking for 2 thesis workers to assist us in taking the next step in the development of new solutions within Cloud Robotics and Mobile Robots.

Internet of Things (IoT) make connected "things" interact and communicate among themselves and with the environment by exchanging data and information, autonomously reacting to contexts. Consequently, new services and more intelligent services can be deployed by using sensors, software, machine-to-machine communication/collaboration and cloud capabilities.

The term Cloud Robotics was coined by James Kuffner from Google in 2010 and refers to a paradigm where robots offload their heavy computation and storage needs to the cloud, which can process and share information from various robots and other sources.

Mobile robots have the capability to move around in their environment, and can be "autonomous", capable of either navigating in an uncontrolled/relatively controlled environment without additional guidance devices or relying on guidance devices (AGV - autonomous guided vehicle). The traditional industrial robots are usually stationary, consisting of a manipulator and gripper attached to a fixed surface. With the emergence of IoT technologies and cloud robotics concept, both stationary robots and mobile robots can utilize machine learning techniques to learn new tasks far more quickly than with conventional programming, and even share what they have learnt with each other. This will accelerate the development of smart manufacturing services. However, using the Cloud for robotics systems introduces also new challenges, e.g., computation offloading strategies, scalable and flexible architectures that enable optimal services for users and robots by providing access to shared knowledge and new skills for robots.

The purpose and expected outcome of the thesis include: (1) make a state-of-the-art report on research related to cloud robotics, mobile robots, computation offloading, and smart robot solutions; (2) Identify and describe use-cases that benefit from computation offloading and increased robot intelligence; (3) Provide technology evaluations and architectural solutions that enable computation offloading and increased robot intelligence for the selected use-cases; and (4) Make prototype implementations and evaluate.

We expect a highly motivated student in computer science or engineering, electrical engineering or automation engineering (or a related subject) with experience in programming (C, C++, or C#). Prior experience in using Microsoft Azure is meriting. We expect you to show readiness to tackle challenging problems, above-average motivation to deliver tangible results (such as running applications), and pro-activeness to come up with novel ideas on how to improve products and processes. Good English speaking/writing skills are highly recommended.
The thesis work is required to be performed at Corporate Research, Västerås.
Required Scope: 30 ECTS (D-Level)
Period: January to June 2017
Number of thesis workers: 2