Takashi Tanaka


Postdoc position available

A postdoctoral researcher position is available under an AFOSR-sponsored project on perception-based motion planning (PI:Takashi Tanaka). We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in (i) motion planning and SLAM; (ii) machine learning with emphasis on image recognition and perception; or (iii) networked control systems.

The expected start date is after June 1, 2021 (the exact start date is negotiable). The appointment is for one year, with possible extensions depending on research performance and availability of funds. The salary will be determined based on the standard postdoctoral salary rate of the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell school of Engineering.

We accept applications by email (ttanaka@utexas.edu) with the following attachments: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) two representative publications, and 3) contact information for two references. The application deadline is June, 30, 2021.

Four papers to be presented at ACC2021

We will present the following papers in the upcoming American Control Conference @ New Orleans.
– M. Hibbard, K. Tuggle and T. Tanaka, “Point-Based Value Iteration and Approximately Optimal Dynamic Sensor Selection for Linear-Gaussian Processes”
– J. Suh and T. Tanaka, “Encrypted Value Iteration and Temporal Difference Learning over Leveled Homomorphic Encryption”
– H. Jung and T. Tanaka, “Optimal Data Rate Allocation for Dynamic Sensor Fusion over Resource Constrained Communication Networks”
– A. Pedram, J. Stefan, R. Funada and T. Tanaka, “Rationally Inattentive Path-Planning via RRT*”

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.