[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc at the Swiss AI lab IDSIA

Juergen Schmidhuber juergen at idsia.ch
Thu Mar 6 04:02:22 PST 2008

We are seeking an outstanding postdoc in the field of
machine learning / adaptive robotics, with experience / interest
in at least some of the following topics: learning algorithms for
sequence processing, program learning, recurrent neural
networks (RNN), hidden Markov models, statistical / Bayesian
approaches, algorithmic information theory, artificial evolution,
in particular RNN evolution, recurrent support vector machines,
etc. Goal: to advance the state of the art in learning algorithms
for sequence processing, and to solve challenging learning
tasks involving dynamically changing inputs, such as time
series prediction, recognition of complex objects in the
sensory input stream of virtual or real robots, etc.

Salary: ~ SFR 72,000 per year, or US$ 69,000 (Feb 2008).
Start: now or soon

To apply, please follow the instructions under

Jürgen Schmidhuber


IDSIA is small but visible, competitive, and influential. For example, 
its ant colony optimization algorithms broke numerous benchmark records 
and are now widely used in industry for routing, logistics etc. (today 
entire conferences specialize on artificial ants). IDSIA is also the 
origin of the first mathematical theory of optimal universal artificial 
intelligence and self-referential universal problem solvers. IDSIA's 
artificial recurrent neural networks learn to solve numerous previous 
unlearnable sequence processing tasks through gradient descent, 
artificial evolution and other methods. Research topics also include 
complexity and generalization issues, unsupervised learning and 
information theory, forecasting, learning robots. IDSIA was the 
smallest of the world's top ten AI labs listed in the 1997 "X-Lab 
Survey" by Business Week magazine, and ranked in fourth place in the 
category "Computer Science - Biologically Inspired". IDSIA's most 
important work was done after 1997 though.

Switzerland is a good place for scientists. It is the origin of special 
relativity (1905) and the World Wide Web (1990), is associated with 105 
Nobel laureates, and boasts the world's highest number of Nobel prizes 
per capita, the highest number of publications per capita, the highest 
number of patents per capita, the highest citation impact factor, the 
most cited single-author paper, etc.  Switzerland also got the highest 
ranking in the list of happiest countries :-)

Potentially relevant links:
adaptive robotics
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/learningrobots.html ,
recurrent neural networks
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/rnn.html ,
evolution and co-evolution
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/evolution.html ,
optimal program search
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/oops.html ,
reinforcement learning in partially observable environments
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/rl.html ,
hierarchical learning
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/subgoals.html ,
artificial curiosity
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/interest.html ,
self-referential meta-learners
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/metalearner.html ,
attention learning
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/attentive.html ,
non-linear ICA
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/ica.html ,
asymptotically optimal universal learners
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/unilearn.html ,
Goedel machines
http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/goedelmachine.html ,
generalizations of algorithmic information

Jürgen Schmidhuber
Co-Director of the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Lugano
Professor of Cognitive Robotics at TU München, Germany
Prof. SUPSI & adjunct Prof. Univ. Lugano, Switzerland 
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