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Ph.D. Students

We are seeking multiple Ph.D. students to work on multiple federally funded (NSF, ONR, ARL) projects in multi-robot and multi-agent systems. Ph.D. positions will begin in August 2018 and the application deadline is December 15, 2017. Projects include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Learning from human coordination to build better multi-robot controllers (Details)
  2. Long-Term Planning and Robust Plan Execution for Multi-Robot Systems (Details)
  3. Planning and Control of Heterogeneous Robot Teams for Ocean Monitoring (Aerial robots collaborating with surface vehicles to track particulate in the ocean) (Details)
  4. Internet of Battlefield Things (Details)
  5. Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology: developing adaptive and resilient behaviors, distributed intelligence, and control for heterogeneous groups of robots
Interested applicants should apply to the Ph.D. program in the department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (Details). Questions about the positions may be directed to Nora Ayanian. Applicants with a strong statement of purpose document demonstrating an interest in multi-robot and multi-agent systems will be given primary consideration. Applicants should hold a BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a discipline related to one of our projects.

Please note that Dr. Ayanian cannot reply to all of the emails received from students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in our lab.

Master's Students

There are currently no open positions for masters students in our lab. If you are interested in working with us in the future, we encourage you to take our course, CSCI 599, Coordinated Mobile Robotics. It is open to students in all departments.


Motivated undergraduates are always welcome in our lab. Email Dr. Ayanian directly to set up a meeting so potential projects can be discussed. Have a resume ready.