[robotics-worldwide] Job Advert: Planning & Reasoning in Sensory Processing for Cognitive Robotics

Jeremy L Wyatt J.L.Wyatt at cs.bham.ac.uk
Thu Feb 1 06:32:47 PST 2007

Research Fellow
Cognitive Robotics Project
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham, UK

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work on an EC-Funded 
project, "CoSy: Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants". You will be 
required to work on reasoning and learning about sensing and perceptual 
processing in a robot able to manipulate objects, with an emphasis on 
visual processing. The goal of the work will be to develop new methods 
for choosing sensing actions and making inferences about a scene when 
the robot has to make decisions about where to look, and what visual 
processing to perform.

Applicants should hold, or be working towards the achievement of a PhD 
in Computer Science, AI, Cognitive Science, Engineering or related 
subject OR have equivalent research experience in robotics/vision 
research and linux expertise. You will have a strong background in one 
or more of the following areas:

· Uncertain reasoning and planning

· Machine learning and statistical inference

· Computer vision

· Symbolic reasoning and planning

You will need excellent programming skills, in C/C++ or Java, together 
with the ability to engineer software to very high standards of 
reliability. You will work in a team of six researchers at Birmingham 
and along with partner groups in six other universities, working on an 
ambitious interdisciplinary EC-funded robotic project described at the 
CoSy web sites: www.cognitivesystems.org , 

You will also be expected to contribute to the management of the group, 
grant writing, and setting the research agenda for the future work of 
the group. Strong communication and management skills are therefore also 
essential. Please check those web sites for up to date information about 
the project and this post before applying.

Starting salary in the range of £32,471 to £34,448 a year (potential 
progression on performance once in post to £43,638 a year), or in the 
range of £24,161 to £31,525 (potential progression once in post to 
£33,465 a year). This post is available from March 2007 until 28 
February 2008 in the first instance, however it is anticipated for the 
post to be extended for the full duration of the project (31 August 2008).

Informal enquiries to Dr Jeremy Wyatt (preferably by) email: 
J.L.Wyatt at cs.bham.ac.uk tel:- 0121 414 4788 and to Prof Aaron Sloman 
email: A.Sloman at cs.bham.ac.uk tel:- 0121 414 4775

Please send applications to Jo Gerald in Human Resources (address and 
email at the links below). Please send an electronic copy, if possible, 
to Prof Sloman and Dr Wyatt at the email addresses above.

Further Details are available from

Closing date: 14 February 2007
Late applications will be considered if the appointments process has not 
gone too far.

Reference: S43099

Details from +44 (0)121 415 9000 or www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs

Human Resources, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

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