PostDoc position: modeling locomotion planning
ROMEO 2 is a large French project involving both academic and industrial groups for multidisciplinary studies and development of an autonomous humanoid robot. One of the tasks of the project consists in proposing navigation strategies inspired by human behaviors.
The objective of the position is to compare different mathematical models of motor control and trajectory planning for locomotion and to evaluate their relevance for human physiological processes. These models will include optimal control family, probabilistic models either reactive or anticipatory, and models based on invariance principles.
The researcher will have first to do a review of the existing models and second to use existing human data to evaluate their predictive and explanatory power. He will possibly propose new experimental paradigms to better discriminate between the different models.
Good mathematical proficiency is required. Familiarity with computing and modeling software is necessary. A previous experience in physiological data processing and/or multi degrees of freedom system control is a plus.
One year starting at fall 2013 with a possible extension for one more year.