[robotics-worldwide] UC Berkeley seeks Postdoc for Integrative Robotics Research on Perceptually Grounded Language Acquisition

Pieter Abbeel pabbeel at cs.berkeley.edu
Thu Nov 3 00:50:40 PDT 2011


UC Berkeley is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with experience in
experimental robotics and interests in perception, language, and/or
machine learning to help lead a DARPA-funded integrative project on
perceptual grounding of robotic language acquisition (DARPA BOLT
Activity E).

The project includes contributions from faculty at UC Berkeley
involved in robotics (Abbeel), computer vision (Darrell), natural
language (Klein), and cognitive science (Griffiths), and it involves a
close collaboration with Prof. Kuchenbecker's haptics group at UPenn.
The project goals include demonstration of a robot that can perform
visual and haptic grounding of nouns and adjectives from both online
demonstration and offline acquisition, learn state-sequence models of
verb activities from demonstration, and be able to demonstrate
performance of acquired verb models in novel contexts.

Developed software will be contributed to open-source robotics
repositories, and demonstrations will be conducted using the PR2
robots at Berkeley and UPenn.  Candidates are expected to have a PhD
in computer science or a robotics-related field, experience with
open-source robotics standards and development of interactive robotic
demonstrations, and an aptitude and willingness to collaborate with
students and faculty on a diverse set of perception, learning, and
language topics.

Profs. Abbeel and Darrell will jointly supervise the researcher; the
position is available immediately and is expected to be available for
1 - 3 years. Interested parties should email a CV, a statement of
interest, and the names of available references to Prof. Abbeel
(pabbeel at cs.berkeley.edu, subject line: "Postdoc Application") as soon
as possible.   We plan to start our selection process on November
18th.


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