[robotics-worldwide] Vacancy: Full Professor in Machine Learning with special emphasis on its application to autonomous systems interacting with humans, University of Amsterdam

Vanessa Evers evers at uva.nl
Wed Jun 15 03:17:36 PDT 2011

Apologies for cross-posting

The Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a

                Full Professor in Machine Learning

The position focuses on machine learning, with a special emphasis on its 
application to autonomous systems interacting with humans. Using 
distributed sensors, such systems observe their environment, including 
the people contained in it, and generate goal-direct autonomous 
behavior. Machine learning is a critical tool, not only for processing 
observations and understanding the environment, but for selecting the 
most effective behaviors.Since autonomous systems and the machine 
learning tools that make them possible are of growing importance in many 
branches of computer science, they are strategic priorities at the 
University of Amsterdam. Examples of applications abound in gaming, 
safety and crisis management, health care, information retrieval, 
transport management, robotics and image processing. Over the past 
decades, the Informatics Institute (IvI) at the University of Amsterdam 
has established an internationally recognized research group in this 
area. Combining foundational, experimental and applied work, the group 
is active at the intersection of machine learning, human-computer 
interaction, robotics and computer vision. It aims to develop the 
algorithms necessary for building real-world autonomous systems.
Doing so will require new advances in topics such as adaptive sensing, 
supervised learning, reinforcement learning, and multiagent systems.
The new professor will lead this effort as chair of the above-mentioned 
group, one of the eight research groups that comprise the Informatics 
Institute. The appointee is expected to be a prominent scientist whose 
presence will strengthen the institute.

Within the Faculty of Science, the information sciences are organized in 
two research institutes, the Informatics Institute and the Institute for 
Logic, Language and Computation. The Informatics Institute encompasses 
around 230 members, organized in an education group, an administrative 
bureau and eight research groups that cooperate intensively, both 
formally and informally.

The Faculty of Science occupies a leading position internationally in 
its fields of research and participates in a large number of cooperative 
programs with universities, research institutes and businesses. The 
faculty has a student body of around 3,000 and 1,500 members of staff, 
spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide 
support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible 
by external funding from Dutch and international organizations and the 
private sector. The Faculty of Science offers thirteen Bachelor's degree 
programmes and eighteen Master’s degree programs in the fields of the 
exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and 
earth sciences.

Since September 2010, the whole faculty has been housed in a brand new 
building at the Science Park in Amsterdam. The installment of the 
faculty has made the Science Park one of the largest centers of academic 
research in the Netherlands.

we offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university, a 
permanent tenured appointment as full-time professor with a competitive 
salary and an attractive package of fringe benefits, for instance: 
generous leave arrangements, application for attractive fiscal 
arrangements are possible for employees from abroad, attractive 
retirement benefits, collective health insurance and excellent parental 
leave packages

Full information including a more elaborate profile description is 
available at http://www.uva.nl/vacancies. The closing date for 
applications is 1 August 2011. For further information, questions and/or 
comments you may contact the chair of the selection committee, prof. dr. 
Maarten de Rijke (tel. +31 20 525 5358, e-mail: M.deRijke at uva.nl). Names 
of qualified candidates can also be suggested to prof. De Rijke.

Vanessa Evers
Institute for Informatics
Faculty of Physics, Mathematics, and Informatics
University of Amsterdam
Mail address:
PO box 94323, 1090 GH Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Visitor address:
Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20-5256795
Fax: +31 (0)20-5256896
Website: http://staff.science.uva.nl/~evers
Email: evers at uva.nl

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