[robotics-worldwide] PhD position

Pissaloux Edwige.Pissaloux at upmc.fr
Wed Nov 4 12:47:29 PST 2009

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for the distibution of the below PhD position opened at UPMC
(Paris 6).

Edwige Pissaloux

PhD studentship at UPMC-Paris 6 University

PhD studentship is open at Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics
(ISIR) (http://www.isir.upmc.fr/) University of Paris Pierre et Marie
Curie (UPMC)–Paris 6 (http://www.upmc.fr/) under prof. Edwige Pissaloux
supervision (Edwige.Pissaloux at upmc.fr)

The position will be funded  within the framework of a FP7  ICT project.

Thesis title is “Detection and tracking of 3D scene features”.

Thesis summary.

 The ISIR (Institute of Intelligent Systems & Robotics, former Laboratoire
de Robotique de Paris) of the UPMC (University Pierre and Marie Curie,
former Paris 6 University), through various National, European and
International research projects, studies neuro-cognitive human-space
interaction in order to design and realize prototypes of intelligent
systems, robotics and mechatronics systems, highly autonomous and/or able
to assist healthy and handicapped in performing everyday life tasks.
	The ability to interact with the environment, and especially to move in
it, is a key element for human and robot autonomy. The autonomous
navigation seems to be mainly supported by vision and balance which,
conveniently combined, allow the elaboratation of adequate motor stimulis
for the interaction progressing.
The precise process of human vision and balance data combination when
navigating is unknown; however it is hypothesized that the vision detectes
& helps to memorize 3D scene (not only geometric) features, while balance
assist the selection and tracking of pertinent features in image sequence.

This thesis aims to design and prototype a system - a new nomad
eye-tracker- which detects and tracks image geometric and cognitive
features of a 3D scene when navigating, ie. which determines the gaze
direction of subject carrying the system at any time. New hardware system
will be designed and prototyped with commercially available components.
The dedicated software will encompass new and spatio-temporal optimized
algorithms for feature detection and tracking and for vision & inertial
data combination; both classes of the algorithms could be bases upon
present knowledge of neuro-cognitive sciences for which a new
computational models will be designed.
A new nomad eye-tracker will be validated through real applications which
aim to assist the interactions of arm and hand motor handicapped people in
execution of everyday tasks. Finally the designed system (simulating
partly the human head) will be integrated in a more global system.

Key words: feature and gaze detection and tracking in images and 3D
scenes, visual perception, inertial data, vision and inertial data
combination, statistical methods (particle filter, EKF, MCMC, etc),
assistance of the control of the environment for arm/hand motor impaired

Candidate profile:
-	strong background in mathematics, a strong interest in the scientific
study of human visual perception and in vision system for humanoid and
autonomous robotics application (shown by specific master subjects);
-	good knowledge of computer architecture and algorithm design and
-	excellent programming skills (assembly, DSP, C/C++, Java) ;
      - good experience with practical system development
      - good level of written/spoken English (French not required)
      - maximum 30 years old

Highly appreciate candidate should show creativity, open-mindedness, team
spirit, and a willingness to address novel challenges in unknown research

PhD Starting date: January 2010

Duration: 3 years

Financial support
The successful candidate will be hired as PhD student and receive an
equivalent of Ministry of Education scholarship with social benefits
(amount : around 1600€/month before taxes).

Deadline for application : November 27, 2009

If interested, please post, e-mail (pdf format only):
1- C.V.
2- Motivation letter (career plan, motivation for PhD, statement of
research interest)
3- Copy of original study certificates with list of subjects, grades, and
scale (indicate min, max, and pass threshold for your class) for Master
degree in Engineering, EE, Computer Science, Robotics, Mechatronics,
Mathematics, Physics or similar
4- Contact addresses of two reference persons
5- Copy of international publications, if any (max 3)


Prof. Edwige Pissaloux
Contact : Edwige.Pissaloux at upmc.fr
ISIR/UPMC, Pyramide tour 55, boîte courriers 173
4 place Jussieu, 75 252 Paris, France
Fax : 33 1 44 27 51 45

Given the high number of applications and enquiries, further information can
be provided only to applicants who have submitted all items listed above.

Edwige Pissaloux             ph. 33(0)144272874
Professeur                  fax : 33(0)144275145
Vision VLSI/System Design   email:Edwige.Pissaloux at upmc.fr
Pyramide tour 55
4 place Jussieu
75 252 Paris Cedex 05, France
IEEE France Section EMBS Chapter Founder and Past Chair
Présidente de la Section Signal & Image du Club

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