[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc position in Intelligent Robotics

Luis Seabra Lopes lsl at ua.pt
Tue Aug 14 10:01:16 PDT 2007

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Intelligent Robotics
(Fellowship Reference: C2007-UA/IEETA/IR/01)
The Transverse Activity on Intelligent Robotics
(http://www.ieeta.pt/atri) of the IEETA Research
Unit / Universidade de Aveiro (http://www.ua.pt)
wishes to fill a five-year post-doctoral research
position. Candidates will be evaluated in terms
of relevance to the following main research lines:
** Anthropocentric robotics – Robots designed for
tight interaction/cooperation with humans in industrial,
service and domestic scenarios; also robots designed
based on analogies with human morphology, behavior
and intelligence.

** Multi-robot systems – Both in simulation and with
real robots, and on several application domains.
ATRI was created in 1999, acknowledging the strategic
importance of developing this field of research in IEETA,
and builds on synergies between the main basic research
areas of the unit. The mission of ATRI is to study
and develop integrated architectures for intelligent
robotic systems.
Research work in ATRI can be broadly divided into
two main lines, anthropocentric robotics and multi-robot
systems, which are briefly described below. With
an average manpower estimated in 7 man*year, ATRI
currently produces around 20 publications per year.
A. Anthropocentric robotics

ATRI has been developing robots based on analogies
with human morphology, behavior and intelligence. These
robots are designed for tight interaction/cooperation
with humans. Inside this line of research, the
following aspects received particular attention:

i. Human-robot interaction – Particular attention has
been paid to spoken language dialog with host/domestic
robots, including dialog management and robust spoken
language understanding. (CARL project)

ii. Vision-based robot learning – The main focus is
on the use of visual object learning and recognition
in the context of language acquisition.
(LANGG project)

iii. Humanoid robotics – A 22-dof humanoid platform
was already developed, enabling further research in
control, navigation and perception.

A successful candidate should have background in at
least one of the described topics, and should contribute
to combine them, e.g. human-robot interaction with
robot learning, human-robot interaction with
humanoid robots, etc.

B. Multi-robot systems

Over the last decade, multi-robot systems became a
major research area in robotics, with many application
fields, spanning from rescue in disaster situations
to space robotics. Multi-robot systems are a research
line in ATRI since its creation. Work is carried out
both in simulation and with real robots:

i. Simulation – Study of agent architectures, team
coordination strategies and related issues in the
RoboCup soccer and rescue simulation leagues -
with several prizes won in the RoboCup world
championships. (FC PORTUGAL project)

ii. Real robots – Study of hardware/software
architectures and coordination strategies for
robotic soccer teams in the RoboCup middle-size league.
(CAMBADA project)

A successful candidate is expected to contribute to
transfer methodologies, previously investigated in
simulation teams, to robot teams and/or to develop
robot teams for real-world service applications.

Candidates and applications
Candidates must have a solid background in intelligent
robotics, with a PhD degree and 3 years of post-doctoral
experience in that area. Candidates should note the
general rules of Program "Ciencia 2007"
(http://www.fct.mctes.pt/ciencia2007/). The
salary is ~42500 € per year.

In support of their application, candidates must submit:
– Curiculum vitae
– 2 recommendation letters
– Statement letter

The application deadline is September 2, 2007

The application must be sent to: lsl at ua.pt

For more details, see:

Luis Seabra Lopes (lsl at ua.pt)

Departamento de Electrónica, Telecomunicações e 
Universidade de Aveiro - 3810-193 Aveiro - Portugal
Phone: +351-234-370374 / Fax: +351-234-381128

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