Takashi Tanaka


Ph.D. positions available

We accept Ph.D. students in the area of control, autonomy and robotics. The research encompasses topics of perception-based path planning, multi-agent reinforcement learning, and networked control systems. The research tasks will put more emphasis on the fundamental theoretical developments rather than on software/hardware implementations. The positions will be appointed as Graduate Research Assistants (GRA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or a combination of both, which will include a stipend and a full tuition coverage.

Qualifications: The applicant must also have good communication skills (written and oral) as well as proficiency in mathematical arguments and proofs. Students with background in optimization, robotics, and control theory are encouraged to apply.

How to apply: All applications must be made through the Cockrell School of Engineering’s admission process. Applicants should express their intentions to work with us in the Statement of Purpose essays.

A postdoc position available

We are looking for a qualified postdoctoral researcher with expertise in the following or adjacent fields:

  1. Machine learning: Candidates should have a significant research experience in perception, image recognition, and machine learning algorithms in general.
  2. Robotics: Candidates should have a strong expertise in path-planning and SLAM.
  3. Information theory for real-time applications: Candidates should have a theoretical background in stochastic control, information theoretic security, or zero/finite-delay data compression and channel coding.

The intended start date is September 1, 2019, but the exact start date is negotiable. The appointment is for one year, with possible extension depending on research performance and availability of funds. The salary will be determined based on the postdoctoral salary rate of the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.

Interested candidates are encouraged to email Dr. Takashi Tanaka with the following information: (i) a curriculum vitae; (ii) a research statement; and (ii) a list of three referees with contact information.

Papers to be presented at ECC2019@ Napoli

Our papers “Path-Integral Control for Optimal Vehicle Routing Over Nonlinear and Dynamic Traffic Systems” (Joint work with Dr. Y. Wasa and Dr. K. Uchida) and “Strategic Bidding of Private Information for Principal-Agent Type Dynamic LQ Networks” (Joint work with Dr. Y. Wasa Dr. T. Murao and Dr. K. Uchida) will be presented at ECC2019@ Napoli.