[robotics-worldwide] PhD studentship @IDSIA: Symbiotic cooperation between humans and robotic swarms

Gianni Di Caro gianni at idsia.ch
Wed Jul 7 09:53:29 PDT 2010

******************* PhD Studentship @ IDSIA ***********************

- PhD Studenthip in: 
  Symbiotic cooperation between humans and robotic swarms

- Start date and duration: December 2010, 4 years
- Location: "Dalle Molle" Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA),
            Lugano, Switzerland (http://ww.idsia.ch)


The objective of the research is the development of novel methods
for self-organized control and coordination of heterogeneous
teams of humans and robot swarms interacting in symbiotic
peer-to-peer modality. The applicant will devise novel ways to
include humans' unique sensory-motor and cognitive skills in the
loop of robotic swarms. The applicant will investigate different
means and combinations of multi-modal communications based on
visual cues, human gestures, vocal commands, stigmergic
signalling, and radio messages. Particular attention will be
also devoted to the modelling of human and swarm emotions and to
the study of how to use them to effectively affect motivations,
goals, action selection, and learning.

The investigated topics will be a follow-up of IDSIA's previous
research in the domain of swarm robotics
(http://www.swarmanoid.org, http://www.swarm-bots.org).  The
research will be carried out in the context of a Swiss research

Candidate Profile:

We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate
with a strong interest and a scientific background in: robotics,
cognitive sciences, machine learning, and swarm intelligence.
The candidate must have a MASTER degree (or equivalent). She/he
is expected to have good programming and mathematical skills, and
to have a positive attitude toward interdisciplinary research and

Time frame, Enrollment, and Salary information:

  * Expected duration of the studentship: 4 years, starting from October 2010

  * The candidate will be affiliated to the Faculty of Informatics at USI
    (http://www.inf.unisi.ch/) and will be supervised by Prof. Luca Maria
    Gambardella (IDSIA, http://www.idsia.ch/~luca). 

  * English is the official language both at the Faculty of Informatics of USI
    and at IDSIA.

  * The gross salary is roughly 40,000 CHF (29,000 EURO) per year
    (corresponding to a net salary of about 2,700
    CHF/month). There is travel funding in case of papers
    accepted at conferences and for project meetings.

Research environment:

IDSIA (http://www.idsia.ch) is a research institute affiliated to
the University of Lugano (http://www.usi.ch/en/index.htm) and the
University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland
(http://www.supsi.ch/home_en.html). IDSIA is a truly
international, stimulating, and dynamic environment. It currently
hosts about 50 people, including senior researchers, postdoctoral
fellows, and Ph.D. students.

The research activities carried out at IDSIA address a number of
different domains, including: swarm robotics, machine learning,
combinatorial optimization, networking, bio-inspired computing,
data mining, information theory, complex systems, and simulation.

How to Apply:

Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr. Gianni A. Di Caro
at the following address: gianni AT idsia DOT ch

They must include: 

  * Detailed curriculum vitae (including grades)

  * List of two references (including email addresses)

  * Statement about the research interests of the candidate, pointing
    out their relationship with the topics of the project (1 page)

  * Links to master thesis and publications

The position is open until filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged
to send their applications before September 30, 2010.

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