[robotics-worldwide] Job Opening: machine learning for interactive cognitive robots

Geert-Jan Kruijff gj at dfki.de
Thu May 8 07:02:34 PDT 2008



The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) is  
seeking for its Language Technology Lab a


in the area of cognitive systems, for a research position (Post-Doc,  
or senior) in the EU FP7 IP "Cognitive Systems that Self-Understand  
and Self-Extend" (CogX).

The CogX project is a European project in the area of cognitive  
systems and will run from May 2008 till the end of June 2012. The  
project (which is a follow-up to the CoSy project, [http://www.cognitivesystems.org 
] and [ http://cosy.dfki.de/ ] ) will have a strong emphasis on the  
theoretical and practical integration of capabilities in vision,  
manipulation, mobility, spatial cognition, planning, and dialogue  
processing. CogX will be focused on the dynamics of a system capable  
of actively extending itself to fulfill identified requirements:

"Imagine a cognitive system that models not only the environment, but  
its own understanding of the environment and how this  understanding  
changes under action. It identifies gaps in its own understanding and  
then plans how to fill those gaps so as to deal with novelty and  
uncertainty in task execution, gather information necessary to  
complete its tasks, and to extend its abilities and knowledge so as to  
perform future tasks more efficiently."

In the cognitive systems we conceive of, a wide and heterogeneous set  
of learning problems can be identified. These scenarios typically  
Involve social contexts with a rich multimodal communication between  
human and robot. Across these potential learning problems, the  
appropriate representations, learning models and evaluation criteria  
differ widely.

To create a unified theory that makes it possible for the robot to  
reason about its knowledge and lack thereof, and to communicate the  
essence of this reasoning, will most likely require insights from  
fields such as socially guided machine learning, traditional and novel  
forms of machine learning such as active learning, meta learning,  
human-robot interaction, and situated dialogue processing,

We are looking for an experienced researcher with a PhD in computer  
science (or equivalent) to work on "interactive continuous learning of  
crossmodal concepts" in the CogX project. We need a person with

* a strong background in machine learning,
* preferably with experience in active learning, socially guided  
learning, interactive learning;
* preferably with experience in robotics, artificial intelligence,  
computational linguistics.
* strong analytical skills,
* strong mathematical skills,
* strong programming skills (e.g. C++, Java, Python),
* experience in collaborative software development (our project  
software is usually developed across 6-7 international sites, with up  
to 15 developers)
* a good command of English, spoken and written

The person will work in an international team. Responsibilities will  
include leading the machine learning efforts in our group within the  
CogX project, theory development, implementation and evaluation of  
software in an integrated (robot) system. The person will be expected  
to write, or contribute to writing, scientific papers and articles set  
in the project context.

Highly valued personal qualities include creativity, open-mindedness,  
team spirit, and a willingness to address novel challenges in unknown  
scientific territory.

The applicant should have a completed PhD degree on commencing the job.

The earliest starting date of the position is September 2008. The  
duration of the contract will probably be until the end of the project  
(June 2012).

DFKI GmbH [ http://www.dfki.de ] is located on the campus of Saarland  
University in Saarbrucken, Germany. The university's research groups  
and curricula in the fields of Computational Linguistics and Computer  
Science are internationally renowned. The LT-Lab [ http://www.dfki.de/lt/ 
  ] offers excellent working conditions in a well-established research  
group. The position provides opportunities to collaborate in a variety  
of international projects. The competitive salary is calculated  
according to qualifications based on DFKI GmbH scales.

For more on our work at DFKI, see [ http://www.dfki.de/lt/ ]. and [ http://cosy.dfki.de 

Please send your electronic application (preferably in PDF format) to lt-jobs at dfki.de 
, referring to this job opening (No. 200820), not later than June 31,  
2008. A meaningful application should include a cover letter, a CV, a  
brief summary of research interests, a statement of interest in the  
position offered, and contact information for three references.

For questions concerning this job opening, please contact Dr.ir. Geert- 
Jan Kruijff gj at dfki.de  [ http://www.dfki.de/~gj ]

Dr.ir. Geert-Jan M. Kruijff
Senior researcher/Project leader

Language Technology Lab,
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3,
D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany

Email:     gj at dfki.de
Phone:   +49.681.302.5153
Fax:         +49.681.302.5338
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster (Vorsitzender)
Dr. Walter Olthoff

Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats:
Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans A. Aukes

Amtsgericht Kaiserslautern, HRB 2313

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