[robotics-worldwide] Doctoral position available in Swarm Robotics, IRIDIA-CoDE-ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Vito Trianni vtrianni at ulb.ac.be
Wed Aug 17 01:34:00 PDT 2011

IRIDIA-CoDE, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

A PhD Studentship is available in swarm robotics at the IRIDIA-CoDE, the artificial intelligence lab of the  Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. 
Swarm robotics is inspired by the observation of social insects (e.g. ants, termites, wasps and bees) which stand as fascinating examples of how collectively intelligent systems can be generated from a large number of simple individuals. As in their natural counterpart, the robots used in swarm robotics are relatively simple, with local and limited sensing and communication abilities. It is a natural consequence of these individual characteristics that the overall systems are robust against failures of individuals and scalable with group size. The student will work within a scenario in which robots are given a task whose solution requires strict cooperation, studying how a swarm robotics system can adapt to different tasks, varying environmental conditions, varying numbers and types of robots, and to different levels of malfunctioning of the robots.

The student we are looking for should possess a degree that allows to embark in a doctoral program (doctoral student positions). The area of  competence should be in at least one of the following disciplines:  Computer Science, Computational Intelligence, Electrical Engineering,  Cognitive Sciences. A master's degree with research experience is an asset. The student should have a strong background in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics or other relevant computational disciplines. In particular, she/he should demonstrate very strong programming skills in one or more major computer languages. Good communication and team-working skills are essential.

The interested candidate should submit an application containing:
- An updated CV
- A two-pages motivation letter
- Three references from researchers and academics in the field (name  
and contact details)

The selection process will follow gender equality policies.

Please address your application or informal inquiries to Dr. Vito  
Trianni (E-mail: vtrianni at ulb.ac.be).

Vito Trianni, Ph.D.					vtrianni@(no_spam)ulb.ac.be
IRIDIA-CoDE, CP 194/6				http://laral.istc.cnr.it/trianni
Université Libre de Bruxelles			Tel: +32 (0)2 650 2712
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50			Fax: +39 (0)2 650 2715
1050 Bruxelles

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