[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc positions in vision for mobile robots navigation at ENSTA, Paris

David FILLIAT david.filliat at ensta.fr
Fri Nov 21 01:21:35 PST 2008

The Laboratory of Electronics and Computer Engineering at ENSTA (Ecole
Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees, Paris) is opening two
positions for postdoctoral researchers on two projects in the field of
vision based navigation:

- The first project concerns automatic design of low-level vision
algorithms for mobile robots. Recent experiments developed in our team
have shown that convenient obstacle avoidance and corridor centering
behaviors can be obtained in the mobile robot, using vision algorithms
produced by off-line genetic programming, based on the "imitation" of
recorded video sequences. The work in the Post-Doc project will first
consist in improving the existing imitation strategy, in order to allow
the robot to wander autonomously in more complex environments. It will
also include the conception and implementation of a new model using
reactive (e.g. reinforcement) learning, allowing the robot to
adapt/optimize on-line its vision algorithms, to address the problem of
changing/evolving environment. 

- The second project concerns appearance based topological navigation.
We have developed an incremental, real-time topological mapping
algorithm using monocular vision based on loop-closure detection. The
work for the post-doc will consist in developing theory and application
for the inclusion of metric information in the existing algorithm. This
information should enhance the reactivity and precision of the loop
closure detection and support guidance of the robot. The work will
include the embedding and validation of this approach on a small
autonomous robot.

The candidates are expected to hold a PhD degree in a domain covering
-preferably- at least 2 amongst the following themes: machine learning,
computer vision, and mobile robotics. Good skills in C++ software
development are required.

The postdoctoral positions are opened immediately for a duration of one

Application: Interested candidates should send a short letter of
motivation, along with their detailed CV, copy of two of their most
recent and relevant publications and names of 2 references to Dr Antoine
Manzanera (antoine.manzanera at ensta.fr) for the first project or Dr David
Filliat (david.filliat at ensta.fr) for the second project.

Laboratory : http://uei.ensta.fr
Appearance based navigation project :
Automatic algorithm design :

 David FILLIAT   -   Enseignant-Chercheur / Assistant Professor

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