[robotics-worldwide] Phd and post-doc

Pissaloux Edwige.Pissaloux at upmc.fr
Wed Nov 11 09:01:11 PST 2009

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to annouce you the opening of two positions at the UPMC
(Paris 6), ISIR.


Edwige Pissaloux


ISIR (www.isir.upmc.fr), Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, a
UPMC (Paris 6 University) laboratory, is a friendly mixture of modelers
and experimentors from vision, computer science, robotics, mechatronics,
neuro-cognitive sciences. It is ideally located in central Paris, in the
Quartier Latin, in close proximity with main scientific institutions and

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

The proposed position is in the area of visual perception (computational
models) and design of vision system as assistive devices for
man-environment interaction.

The post-doc research will mix theoretical and applied developments (the
implementation of algorithms working on real-world data). (S)he will
participate in the design and prototyping of a new nomad eye-tracker
(hardware and software). New spatio-temporally optimized algorithms for
feature detection and their tracking via statistical methods (particle
filter, EKF, MCMC, etc), and/or original algorithms for vision & inertial
data combination (possible neuro-cognitive computational models) will be
designed and evaluated on images of real 3D scenes.

 Applicants must have a PhD degree with a strong background in vision
(hardware & software, algorithms), mathematics, human factors,
mechatronic system design; be self-sufficient in programming (C++,
assembly, Java) and have an experience of large software design. They
must be familiar with several of the following topics and interested in
all of them:  image and signal processing, optimization, neuro-cognitive

The candidate will participate in PhD supervision, research management,
presentation of results at meetings & conferences and manuscript

Highly valued personal qualities include creativity, open-mindedness, the
ability to work in a team setting and to interface successfully with
external partners and a willingness to  address novel challenges in
unknown scientific environment.

The position is founded of up to two years, with the possibility for an
extension. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Expected start date:  January 2010. Review of applications will continue
until the position is filled.

Deadline for application : November 27, 2009

If interested  e-mail (pdf format only) :
1- a cover letter briefly describing your background and career plans
2- C.V.
3- Motivation letter (a statement of research interest)
3- List of publications with 1-2 most significant publications (in
relation in the topics of this position, if possible)
4- Contact addresses of at least three reference persons
5- a sumamry of the thesis and PhD thesis e-copy.


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
PhD studentship at UPMC-Paris 6 University

PhD studentship is available 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 founded within the frame of a FP7 ICT european 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
	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 memorizes 3D scene (not only geometric) features, while balance
selects pertinent features and tracks them 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 the AsTeRICS system.

Key words: feature and gaze detection and tracking in images and 3D
scenes, visual perception, inertial data, vision and inertial data
combination, particle filter, 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 have 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), or fax:
1- C.V.
2- Motivation letter (career plan, motivation for PhD, statement of research
3- Copy of original study certificates with list of subjects, grades, and
(indicate min, max, and pass threshold for your class) for Master degree
obtained in a European Union University in Engineering, 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

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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