[robotics-worldwide] Two postdocs available in Cognitive Robotics - University of Birmingham, UK

J.L.Wyatt at cs.bham.ac.uk J.L.Wyatt at cs.bham.ac.uk
Thu Nov 29 11:18:20 PST 2007


Applications are invited for two Research Fellowships, starting as soon as 
possible after 1 February 2008 on a project due to end on 30 June 2012. The 
posts are to work on two major EU funded projects: CoSy: Cognitive Systems 
for Cognitive Assistants, and CogX: Cognitive Systems that Self-Understand 
and Self-Extend.

The first post (Ref S43238) will be concerned with the learning of 
affordances of objects via simple manipulation. The work will in the later 
stages look at modular motor learning as a framework for carrying out this 
activity. The research will be concerned with integrating novel methods in 
computer vision with manipulation abilities to allow the robot to acquire 
knowledge about the behaviour of objects by experimental manipulation. You 
will have a strong background in robotic manipulation and computer vision.

The second post (Ref S43237) will be concerned with planning information 
processing and information gathering within a cognitive architecture. The 
person appointed to this post will work on new methods for reasoning and 
planning about sensing and perceptual processing in a mobile robot able to 
manipulate objects, with an emphasis on visual processing. One 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. Another goal will be to 
develop new planning techniques that combine the benefits of decision 
theoretic planning with those of symbolic planning to support a robot that 
can reason about what it can learn, and cope with uncertainty in action and 
sensing. You will have a strong background in probabilistic reasoning, and 
preferably of planning algorithms.

You will work in a team of six researchers at Birmingham and along with 
partner groups in five other universities. The CoSy project is described at 
the following sites: www.cognitivesystems.org and 
www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cosy/ Information on the CogX project 
is available at www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/robotics/ .

The Intelligent Robotics Lab is a growing centre for research in robotics, 
cognition and machine learning in the UK. We collaborate with engineers, 
psychologists and biologists to develop new ideas and techniques. The group 
currently has 13 members, including 3 faculty, 4 postdoctoral researchers 
and six doctoral students, and holds over 1.9m pounds in external research 
funding. As part of your duties you will also be encouraged to contribute 
to grant writing, and setting the research agenda for the future work of 
the group. Strong communication and management skills are therefore 

You must hold or be working towards the achievement of a PhD in Computer 
Science, AI, Cognitive Science, Engineering or a related subject, OR 
equivalent research experience, including if possible robotics/vision 
research experience and linux expertise. In exceptional circumstances we 
will consider appointment from someone in a related field with relevant 
experience, such as Psychology or Neuroscience. You will need excellent 
programming skills, in C/C++ or Java, together with the ability to engineer 
software to very high standards of reliability.

Informal enquiries (preferably by email) to Dr Jeremy Wyatt email: 
J.L.Wyatt at cs.bham.ac.uk tel.: +44 121 414 4788, Dr Richard Dearden email: 
R.W.Dearden at cs.bham.ac.uk tel.:+44 121 414 6687 or Prof Aaron Sloman email: 
A.Sloman at cs.bham.ac.uk tel.: +44 121 414 4775

Applications should be sent, preferably by email to Ms. Jo Gerald, 
j.a.gerald at bham.ac.uk tel.: 0121 414 7415. Postal address is Ms Jo Gerald, 
Human Resources, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 
2TT, United Kingdom.Please also send an email copy of your application if 
possible to Dr Wyatt, Prof Sloman and Dr Dearden.

Appointment will be until 30 September 2009 in the first instance, with a 
view to extension until June 30 2012 subject to the normal requirements of 
successful project reviews and funding. Late applications will be 
considered if the appointments process has not gone too far.

Starting salaries for both posts will be in the range of GBP25,134 to 
GBP32,796 a year (potential progression on performance once in post to 

Closing date for applications: 9 January 2008
Refs: S43238 & S43237

Details also from 0121 415 9000 or www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs
HR, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
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