[robotics-worldwide] Call for PhD Student Applications - IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative

Auke Jan Ijspeert auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Mon Oct 11 01:58:02 PDT 2010

IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative
Call for PhD Student Applications
Distributed and Cognitive Robotics Focus Area
Grants available for outstanding candidates worldwide. Deadline 
*November 15th 2010*

The Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and the École Polytechnique 
Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) offer a Joint Doctoral Initiative in 7 
cutting edge research domains.:

Biological and Medical Imaging
Distributed and Cognitive Robotics
Computational and Stochastic Mathematics
Antennas and EM devices for Wireless Applications
Environmental Hydraulics
Plasma Physics

The focus area of Distributed and Cognitive Robotics is highly 
interdisciplinary and involves two main research lines: (i) distributed, 
networked robots and (ii) cognitive personal assistant robots and 
devices capable of interacting with humans and understanding human actions.

* Distributed, networked robots - Recent advances in robotics, computer 
vision, artificial intelligence, statistical signal processing and 
control theory, as well as the advent of miniaturized sensors and 
actuators, powerful embedded processors, and wireless communication 
systems, have afforded engineers with the methodologies and technologies 
to design and build networks of autonomous robots and systems. The 
applications include monitoring and operations in hazardous or remote 
environments (ocean, space, contaminated areas, areas destroyed by 
natural disasters, etc), in industrial or civil engineering structures 
(pipeline monitoring and surveillance, bridges, dams), and in services 
(buildings, public areas, traffic monitoring and surveillance).

* Cognitive personal assistant robots - The massive deployment of 
sensors and robotic devices (e.g. smart appliances, robotic assistants) 
in offices, homes and urban environments, as opposed to factories, 
places the interaction with humans and the interpretation of human 
activity in a central role (e.g. ambient intelligence, health-care, 
surveillance). This challenge opens a new landscape of research 
directions in learning, human action recognition and cognition in a 
multidisciplinary approach involving (e.g. humanoid) robotic systems, as 
well as neuroscience and psychology. The research domains in this Focus 
Area include Human activity recognition from sensor data (e.g. video), 
context aware systems that can learn from observation and Learning by 
imitation in humanoid robotic assistants with biological inspiration.


Admitted students will share their time between Lisbon and Lausanne and 
will be supervised by leading experts from both institutions.

Application dates (3rd call): deadline *November 15th 2010*

More information and details:
E-mail: ist-epfl at ist.utl.pt

Prof Auke Jan Ijspeert
Associate Professor

Biorobotics Laboratory
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Station 14, CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Office: INN 237     Tel: +41 21 693 2658,    Fax: +41 21 693 3705
www:http://biorob.epfl.ch            Email:Auke.Ijspeert at epfl.ch

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