2022-05273 - Engineer: Development of an autonomous multi-robots platform

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Level of qualifications required : Master's or equivalent

Other valued qualifications : Master in Robotics/control

Fonction : Temporary scientific engineer

Level of experience : Recently graduated

About the research centre or Inria department

The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée center counts 34 research teams as well as 7 support departments. The center's staff (about 500 people including 320 Inria employees) is made up of scientists of different nationalities (250 foreigners of 50 nationalities), engineers, technicians and administrative staff. 1/3 of the staff are civil servants, the others are contractual agents. The majority of the center’s research teams are located in Sophia Antipolis and Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes. Four teams are based in Montpellier and two teams are hosted in Bologna in Italy and Athens. The Center is a founding member of Université Côte d'Azur and partner of the I-site MUSE supported by the University of Montpellier.


The ACENTAURI research team (https://team.inria.fr/acentauri/), located in the Inria Center of the Côte
d'Azur University in Sophia-Antipolis, is offering a research engineer position in robotics for 3 years. ACENTAURI is a robotics team that studies and develops autonomous and intelligent robots that
collaborate with each other to perform difficult tasks in complex and dynamic environments.
The team addresses perception, decision and control problems for multi-robot collaboration by
proposing an original hybrid approach to artificial intelligence based on models and data and by s
tudying efficient algorithms. The team focuses on applications such as multi-robot patrol systems
for environmental monitoring and transporting people and goods. In these applications, several robots
share multi-sensor information possibly coming from the infrastructure. The effectiveness of the
proposed approaches is demonstrated on real robotic systems such as cars and drones in collaboration
with industrial partners. ACENTAURI is working to set up an autonomous multi-robot platform composed of aerial drones
and autonomous vehicles that communicates with each other and with the infrastructure in order
to carry out collaborative operations. ACENTAURI is setting up a team of engineers led by a permanent
staff to fulfill all the missions entrusted to the team but also to the partnerships currently in place,
particularly in the ANR ANNAPOLIS projects (https://team.inria .fr/annapolis), and ANR SAMURAI
(https://team.inria.fr/samurai). In ANNAPOLIS, an autonomous vehicle communicates with the infrastructure
in order to increase its perception and navigate autonomously in the presence of pedestrians and
electric scooters. In SAMURAI, two autonomous vehicles and two drones navigate together autonomously in
order to provide both continuous charging and recharging service for the drones (these land and take off
on the moving cars), but also the mapping of website and its update. Travel: Travel is expected for system development, data acquisition and demonstrations.


The missions entrusted to the engineer will mainly be the following:

  • Definition and implementation of an open architecture for autonomous vehicles (2 robotic electric ZOEs) for environment perception, situation analysis and understanding, decision making and vehicle control (Ubuntu 20.04, ROS2, Open-Rox[1])
  • Integration and calibration of sensors (Cameras, Lidar, IMU, …)
  • Data acquisition and annotation for the ANNAPOLIS and SAMURAI consortia
  • Autonomous vehicle navigation V2V and V2I communications
  • Support for the integration of partner contributions
  • Development of unit and non-regression tests
  • Evaluation of integration tests and upward compatibility of versions
  • Support for experiments
  • Setting up demonstrations
  • Report and documentation

[1] Open-ROX is a software suite developed in the ACENTAURI team

Collaboration : The candidate will therefore work in close collaboration with the engineers, doctoral students and post-docs of the team.

Responsibilities: The candidate will have to integrate into the ACENTAURI engineering team and participate in the animation of the projects. In addition, he (she) will have to perform the important tasks of communication, report writing, and methodology implemented in ACENTAURI (project monitoring and project management under Git and Gitlab)

Main activities

Main activities:

  • Analyze the needs of {partners, users}
  • Propose solutions
  • Develop programs/ applications/ interfaces
  • Design experimental platforms
  • Write documentation


Complementary activities:

  • Write the reports
  • Write meeting minutes
  • Test, modify until validated


Technical skills and level required:

The candidate should preferably have obtained a PhD in Robotics or an engineering degree. The candidate must have a solid foundation in software development (Matlab, C/C++, Python, Git, OpenCL, CMAKE, ROS1, ROS2, ...). Knowledge of programming machine learning methods (learning and inference) and GPU programming will be highly appreciated.

Languages: a good level in English read/written/spoken is expected.

Interpersonal skills: The candidate will be in contact with the members of the team and will have to integrate into the ACENTAURI engineering team. He must have the appropriate relational qualities.

Additional skills appreciated:

The B permit and the drone remote control permit are a plus, if necessary these permits will have to be passed within the first three months of the contract.

 He/she must also be highly motivated for multidisciplinary studies and all aspects of R\&D ranging from fundamental to experimental work.

Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Social security coverage
  • Supplementary social protection


From 2724 euros gross monthly (according to degree and experience)