[robotics-worldwide] Four year Research Fellowship in Cognitive Robotics

Jeremy L Wyatt J.L.Wyatt at cs.bham.ac.uk
Fri Apr 11 08:19:04 PDT 2008



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

A previously advertised post (Ref S43238) has already been filled.
That post was 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.

The second post (Ref S43237) now being advertised, is 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. Applicants must have a
strong background in probabilistic reasoning, and preferably
planning algorithms.

     Further details and instructions for applicants are
     available here:


The person appointed 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:
     http://www.cognitivesystems.org/ and

Information on the CogX project is available at

The School of Computer Science Web site, providing general
information about staff, teaching and research is

Information about the University of Birmingham is available at:

The Intelligent Robotics Lab


in the School of Computer Science is a growing centre for research
in robotics, cognition, machine learning and philosophy of AI and
Cognitive Science. 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 2.2m pounds in external
research funding.

The successful applicant will 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

Applicants must hold, or be very close to achieving, 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. Experience with AI languages will be an

Informal enquiries (preferably by email) to any of:

     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

     Dr Nick Hawes
         email: N.A.Hawes at cs.bham.ac.uk
         tel.: +44 121 415 8279

     Prof Aaron Sloman
         email: A.Sloman at cs.bham.ac.uk
         tel.: +44 121 414 4775

Standard information required by applicants is explained in this

Please do not send multiple papers with your application or enquiry.

The standard application form may be obtained, in various formats,
at this site:

Please, if possible fill in the electronic form and submit it
electronically, with additional attachments if necessary.

Please provide additional information that you think is relevant,
including information about how you think you can contribute to the
CogX project, and URLs for relevant recent publications you have
written. Feel free to include a statement of your long term plans,
e.g. for research and teaching. Please make sure that you provide
information (e.g. a URL) about one (only one) recent research paper
that you are particularly proud of.

Applications should be sent, preferably by email to

     Ms. Jo Gerald,
     email: j.a.gerald at bham.ac.uk
     tel.: +44 121 414 7415.
     Postal address is
         Ms Jo Gerald,
         Human Resources,
         The University of Birmingham,
         Birmingham B15 2TT,
         United Kingdom.

Please also send an email copy of your application if possible to
Dr Wyatt, Dr Dearden, Dr Hawes and Prof Sloman, at the addresses
given above.


Starting salaries for both posts will be in the range of £25,134 to
£32,796 a year (potential progression on performance once in post to

Closing date for applications: 23 April 2008 Ref: S43237

Late applications will be considered if the appointments process has
not gone too far.

Details may also be requested from +44 121 415 9000
HR, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

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