[robotics-worldwide] One postdoctoral and one PhD position in the new European project RUBICON (Robotic Ubiquitous Cognitive Networks), at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland

Mauro Dragone Mauro.Dragone at ucd.ie
Sat Jan 15 02:47:55 PST 2011

University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, offers one Postdoctoral and one PhD position 
within the European research project RUBICON (Robotic UBIquitous COgnitive Network).

The positions are within the CLARITY Centre for SensorWeb Technology group 
(http://www.clarity-centre.org) headed by Prof. Gregory M.P. O'Hare.

With RUBICON, UCD will co-ordinate a world-leading consortium at the forefront of research 
in  Cognitive Robotics and Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) to create a  self-learning robotic ecology consisting of a network of sensors,  effectors and mobile robot devices.

Enabling robots to seamlessly operate as part of these robotic ecologies is an important challenge
for robotics R&D, in order to support applications such as AAL, environmental monitoring, and security.

A RUBICON ecology will be able to teach itself its  environment and learn to improve the way it carries out different tasks.  Its participants will mutually support one  another’s learning, in order to dentify, commission and fulfil tasks  more effectively and efficiently. 
To achieve this, the  project will combine robotics,  efficient component & data  abstraction, 
multi-agent systems, robot/WSN middleware, novelty detection, dynamic planning,  
with statistical and computational neuroscience methods. 
Validation will  take place using two application scenarios.

The research work in UCD will focus specifically on deliberation and control,
with an emphasis on middleware services for introspection, multiagent learning, 
adaptive goal deliberation / plan selection, and how hard and soft AI reasoning methods 
can be integrated to achieve continuous learning.

Background required: The successful PhD applicant is expected to possess 
a strong background in computer science and specifically artificial intelligence. 
Knowledge in robotics and/or multiagent systems is a plus.

UCD is the largest Irish university, with over 20,000 registered students, 
and  one of the world's top 100 universities. 
Innovative research is a priority for the university and it enjoys a very successful, 
vibrant research community active across all discipline. 
It  has exhibited substantial research activity in agent, robotics, and  wireless sensor network related areas through its participation in  several Irish, International and EC funded projects

Interested candidates should send a detailed curriculum vitae, 
letter of application, copies of relevant university transcripts/most relevant publications
and for non native English speakers evidence of English Language competence (TOEFL, IELTS) to mauro.dragone at ucd.ie.

These positions are available from the 1st of April or as soon thereafter as possible.

Informal inquiries can be made by email to Mauro Dragone (mauro.dragone at ucd.ie).

Mauro Dragone, PhD
CLARITY Centre for SensorWeb Technology
School of Computer Science and Informatics
University College Dublin (UCD)
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)1 716 2491
E-mail: mauro.dragone at ucd.ie

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