[robotics-worldwide] PhD position at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis : Life Long Navigation and Map Learning

Andrew acomport at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 05:44:07 PDT 2011

Title: Life Long Navigation and Map Learning

Subject: The objective of this PhD, funded by ASTRIUM/EADS, is to 
the general problem of visual mapping of complex 3D environments that evolve
over time. This requires explicitly taking into account the variability of
viewing conditions and content within a 3D geometric and photometric 
model of
the environment. A central objective will be to investigate how to 
and accurately represent this model. The aim is to build models that remain
usable over long periods of time for navigation tasks (localisation and path
following) for autonomous systems or for people that require guidance. This
research problem, which is already active in the vision community, has only
just begun to be investigated by the robotics community via the new 
of incremental SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping).

Now that the problem of modelling large-scale environments is well 
the next major technical challenge on the horizon is the problem of 
being able
to maintain a valid environment representation over a long period of 
time. This
problem is referred to as Life-Long Learning. This topic is in 
continuity with
the research carried out conjointly between P.Rives from the Arobas team at
INRIA Sophia-Méditerranée and A.Comport from CNRS-I3S UNSA

The implementation of the work will be integrated, tested and validated on
robotic platforms available at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis and partner 

Requirements : For this position, candidates must be enrolled in a Masters
stream with a focus on computer vision, visual servoing, and/or automatic
control. The candidate should have also good abilities for software 
and report writing.

Contacts : Send a CV and  a  motivation letter    to 
Patrick.Rives at inria.fr  ou
comport at i3s.unice.fr

Environment :
Projet ARobAS INRIA,
Centre Sophia-Antipolis Méditerranée
2004 Route des Lucioles

For more info:

Dr. Andrew Comport,
Laboratoire I3S-CNRS,
2000, route des Lucioles,
06903 Sophia Antipolis, France
Tél. +33 4 92 94 27 73
Fax : +33 4 92 94 28 98

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