In collaboration with Prof. Mohamed, Prof. Ulrich’s Spacecraft Robotics and Control Lab is currently looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated PhD student (4 years) with expertise in computer vision and observer/state estimation theory. The specific research topic is related to spacecraft relative navigation in proximity operations. The relative navigation objective is to fuse, through advanced filtering techniques (e.g., optimal, nonlinear, and/or neuro-adaptive filters), the measurements from inertial measurement unit (IMU), and the determined pose (i.e., relative position and orientation) from computer vision techniques. Experimental validation with the Spacecraft Proximity Operations Testbed is expected.

The applicant should have strong foundation in one or more of the following topics: nonlinear estimation and control, computer vision, adaptive control, optimal control, nonlinear control stability, deep/machine learning, and neural networks.

Qualified candidates are invited to send an email, with subject “Prospective PhD Candidate”, to both supervisors ( and with the following attachments:

– CV / Resume
– scanned copy of Transcript(s)
– cover letter
– one/two publication samples (if applicable)
– GoogleScholar and/or Researchgate link (if applicable)
– TOELF scores (if applicable)