[robotics-worldwide] PhD and post-doctoral opportunities at the CLARITY research centre, Ireland, on WSNs and Ubiquitous Robotics

Mauro Dragone Mauro.Dragone at ucd.ie
Wed Jul 9 07:24:47 PDT 2008

The Clarity Centre is now seeking well-qualified, motivated PhD researchers who want to be
part of a world-class research group in Sensor and Adaptive Information Technology.
Applicants for PhD (funded) positions should have/expect to achieve at least a 2.1 in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or a related discipline with a keen interest in research.

A broad range of Post-Doctoral positions are also available to qualified and well motivated
individuals with clear interest in CLARITY's research vision.
The positions will cover a variety of research areas, including robotics, materials science,
sensor platforms, middleware, content analysis, and personalization.
Motivated applicants should first identify the research package/s according to their expertise and/or interest.
Applications should be sent to the relative principal investigator (PI) directly together with max one
page cover letter and CV.

Research in Ubiquitous Robotics:
Some of the available positions will address the area of robots integrated in ubiquitous,
pervasive, and intelligent environments.
Such robots are part of open and distributed networks of sensors, actuators, and computing services,
which can also act as a shared information space for both the robots and the humans they interact with.
Some of the relevant research directions foreseen within this area are:
-     The application of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE)          
      and Multi-Agent System (MAS) coordination techniques to develop        
      distributed and adaptive software architectures.
      These architectures are defined in terms of distributed and autonomous software modules
      (agents), which can exhibit global self-configuration properties and can also deliver context
      sensitive and personalized services to both the users and the robots in the environment.

-     The integration between robots and wireless sensor networks (WSNs), that is, robots acting as
      mobile gateways or otherwise working to the advantage of networks of wirelessly connected   
      sensors, e.g.  carrying out maintenance, localization, and calibration operations in applications
      such as security, search & rescue, and surveillance systems.

Further information:
The CLARITY CSET is a partnership between University College Dublin and Dublin City University,
supported by research at the Tyndall National Institute (TNI) Cork.
CLARITY is a collaboration between a number of specialist teams across the institutions who
have already strong track records in sensor technology. It builds on work undertaken by the
SFI-funded Adaptive Information Cluster, which is led by 5 principal investigators from UCD and DCU.

The Clarity Centre is located in the School of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin (UCD)
in Dublin, Ireland. UCD has over 22,000 students including 2,500 international students from over 80 countries and is situated on a large modern campus 4 km to the south of the centre of Dublin.

Find general information about vacancies at the Clarity Centre at http://www.clarity-centre.org/vacancy.
The application form can be downloaded at: http://www.clarity-centre.org/files/csi-pgrad-app.doc
The application should be sent to one of the Principal Investigators (PIs)
(see http://www.claritycentre.org/content/principal-investigator)
Applications inherent to robotic research can be addressed to Gregory OíHare (gregory [dot] ohare [at] ucd [dot] ie).
Requests for further information can be sent to Mauro Dragone (mauro [dot] dragone [at] ucd [dot] ie).

Dr. Mauro Dragone
School of Computer Science and Informatics
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Room A0.06/G9
Phone: +353 1 716 2491
Email: mauro.dragone at ucd.ie

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