[robotics-worldwide] 4 PhD Positions in Brain-Based Sensor Fusion and Visual Navigation at Queensland University of Technology

Michael Milford michael.milford at qut.edu.au
Thu Nov 24 19:36:26 PST 2011


I am seeking 4 PhD students in Robotics, Computational Neuroscience and Computer Science to work on two newly funded research projects.

*Brain-based sensor fusion for navigating robots (2 PhD positions available)*

This project uses new findings in neuroscience to create robots that can self-determine which of their sensors will best help them learn to navigate in an environment. This technology enables robot systems to be flexibly deployed without prior calibration for wide ranging applications in environments from office buildings to outdoor ecosystems.

An ideal student will be proficient in coding in C/C++ and Matlab, have experience with robot, sensor (cameras and range sensors) and computer vision hardware, strong writing and oral communication skills, and a background in robot navigation, neural networks and computational neuroscience. Candidates who are both experienced and interested in pursuing truly interdisciplinary research are desirable.

*Visual navigation for sunny summer days and stormy winter nights (2 PhD positions available)*

This project will develop innovative techniques for camera-based navigation that recognize locations under a wide range of environmental conditions caused by day-night cycles, weather and seasonal change. These techniques will enable the widespread use of cheap and lightweight cameras in robot and personal navigation systems.

An ideal student will be proficient in coding in C/C++ and Matlab, have experience with robot, sensor (cameras, GPS) and computer vision hardware, strong writing and oral communication skills, and a background in both robot navigation and computer vision.

Further details of the projects, scholarship opportunities and application process are available here:

https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy/Applications+Milford

Details of the Project Leader are available here:

https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy/Michael+Milford

Details of the QUT CyPhy laboratory are available here:

https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy

Michael Milford

* Recent Publications *

* Navigating without GPS, using only a web camera - "Mapping a Suburb with a Single Camera using a Biologically Inspired SLAM System", IEEE Transactions on Robotics, link http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4627450

* Continual mapping and navigation over a 2 week office delivery robot experiment - "Persistent Navigation and Mapping using a Biologically Inspired SLAM System", International Journal of Robotics Research, http://ijr.sagepub.com/content/29/9/1131.abstract

* Combining robotics, neuroscience and animal navigation to manage uncertainty when navigating - "Solving Navigational Uncertainty Using Grid Cells on Robots", PLoS Computational Biology, http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000995

More information available at: https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy/Michael+Milford

Lecturer
School of Engineering Systems
Faculty of Built Environments and Engineering
Queensland University of Technology
Tel: +61 7 3138 9969
E-mail: michael.milford at qut.edu.au<mailto:michael.milford at qut.edu.au>
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