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Ph.D. Research Assistantship (Fully Funded)
University of Kansas

Date Posted Jun. 21, 2020
Title Ph.D. Research Assistantship (Fully Funded)
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jan. 15, 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science

We have two Ph.D. research assistant openings in Spring/Fall 2021 on sensing, estimation, and control of aerial robots/UASs in the research group of Associate Prof. Haiyang Chao in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. The successful candidates will work on developing optimal estimation algorithms and smart controllers for autonomous aerospace vehicles to operate in challenging environments (e.g. wildfire).

Current research topics include:

(1) wind and turbulence sensing and estimation using single or multiple unmanned aircraft,
(2) modeling of wind aircraft interaction and gust suppression control,
(3) disaster remote sensing using unmanned aircraft (e.g., wildfire, tornado/hail damage).

We offer:

(1) Great opportunities to work on autonomous robotic hardware and software to solve real world research problems on optimal estimation and control for next generation unmanned systems.
(2) You will have the chance to learn and play with high fidelity sensors (e.g., 5-hole probe, RTK GPS, thermal camera, 3D ultrasonic wind anemometer) and UAS platforms (Paparazzi and Pixhawk autopilot). You will receive extensive training on experiences required by autonomous driving or autonomous flying industries and academia.
(3) Good salary and full tuition waiver as graduate research assistants.

Applicants should hold a B.S. or M.S. degree in related fields. Desired candidates should have strong background and interests in at least two of the following areas: (1) Stochastic estimation filter design (e.g. EKF, UKF), (2) Control theory & applications (e.g., PID/LQR) (3) MATLAB/C programming & embedded systems. Students with experiences on Remote Controlled (RC) airplanes and Paparazzi /Pixhawk are especially welcomed to apply.

Please contact Associate Professor Haiyang Chao ( with (1) A paragraph in the main body of the email to summarize your related research experiences and your motivation to get a Ph.D. in our group, (2) Detailed CV, (3) TOEFL/GRE scores.

The KU Aerospace Engineering Program is ranked at 37th nationwide according to the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, 2018 issue. Kansas hosts aerospace corporations including Textron Aviation (Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker aircraft), bombardier Learjet, Spirit AeroSystems, Garmin, and AeroEnvironment.

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Contact Information

  • Haiyang Chao
    Aerospace Engineering Department
    University of Kansas
    2120 W 15th St
    Lawrence, KS 66045


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