[robotics-worldwide] PostDoc position in Planning under Uncertainty

Matthijs Spaan mtjspaan at isr.ist.utl.pt
Fri Apr 3 08:33:05 PDT 2009

A postdoctoral research grant is available at the Institute for
Systems and Robotics (ISR) of the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon.
The topic of the grant is

Planning under Uncertainty for Multiagent/Multi-robot Systems.

Due to restrictions in communication, centralized planning solutions
are not always viable.  Decentralized partially observable Markov
decision processes (Dec-POMDPs) form a formal approach for multiagent
planning.  They handle uncertainty in acting and sensing in a
principled way, and recent years have seen great progress in planning
algorithms for Dec-POMDPs.  In this grant, we intend to advance the
state of the art in decentralized planning algorithms and their
scalability.  Apart from algorithmic contributions, we will be
considering case studies to expand the applicability of Dec-POMDP
planning, for instance in decentralized control of multi-robot teams
or irrigation channels.  More details can be found at

ISR-Lisbon is a research institute of the Instituto Superior Técnico,
the oldest and largest engineering school in Portugal.  ISR-Lisbon has
a long standing tradition of research and development and offers a
modern and enthusiastic research environment with strong
interdisciplinary and international links.

The grant has duration of (a maximum of) two years, and candidates
should have obtained a relevant PhD degree (e.g., Computer Science,
Artificial Intelligence, Electrical Engineering).  The ideal candidate
has expertise in Markov decision processes and decentralized control.
Applications should include CV, a statement of research interests and
two recommendation letters, and be sent to Dr. Matthijs Spaan at
mtjspaan at isr.ist.utl.pt or fax: +351-21-8418291, who can also be
contacted for more information.  Application deadline is April 27,

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