[robotics-worldwide] Post-doctoral research position in cognitive robotics and machine learning

Luís Seabra Lopes lsl at ua.pt
Mon Dec 3 06:36:22 PST 2012



Job reference: MI-PI-46-ARH/2012

Transverse Activity on Intelligent Robotics

University of Aveiro, Portugal


In the framework of FP7 project RACE (“Robustness by

Autonomous Competence Enhancement”), the Institute for

Electronics and Telematics Engineering (IEETA), University

of Aveiro, intends to fill, in the near future, a post-

doctoral research position, under a "Contrato a Termo

Resolutivo Certo" (a fixed-term work contract for one year,

renewable for a second year, index 195, about 45,000

euros / year), in the area of Intelligent Robotics.

The hired person will carry out research work as part of

the participation of the University of Aveiro in the

mentioned project, focusing on experience gathering and

conceptualization for learning about physical objects

as well as robot activities. The hired researcher will also

contribute to the integration of diverse functionalities

for a successful participation of UA in the mentioned project.

To this effect, IEETA is interested in gathering detailed

curricula of potential stakeholders in the mentioned



Who can apply?


Candidates should have the following general


** Ph.D. degree in Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent

     Robotics or related field, and, preferably, post-doctoral

     experience in these areas; the ideal candidate should

     have a background on at least some of the topics relevant

     for RACE, namely knowledge representation, AI planning,

     machine learning, case-based reasoning and computer

     vision, preferably with experience in the application of

     such techniques to robotics.

** Record of high-quality research in some of the areas

     relevant for the position;

** Hability for, not only performing high-quality research

     autonomously, but also for participating in collaborative

     research projects and supervising other researchers,

     namely at the PhD student level.


How to apply?


Applications should be addressed to the Rector of the

University of Aveiro and submitted electronically by

2012/12/31 to the Human Resources Division of the

University of Aveiro (sgrhf-concursos at ua.pt<mailto:sgrhf-concursos at ua.pt> and C.C.

to lsl at ua.pt<mailto:lsl at ua.pt>). Applications must be presented in .pdf

format, and must include the following documents:

** Detailed curriculum vitae;

** Copy of an identification document;

** A statement of motivations and objectives of the

     candidate as far as this position is concerned;

** Copies of certificates of academic qualifications;

** The names and contact data of three academic


The official announcement, with additional information,

can be found here:



The RACE project


The overall aim of this EU FP7 project is to develop an

artificial cognitive system able to build a high-level

understanding of the world it inhabits by storing and

exploiting appropriate memories of its experiences. Robot

competence is obtained by abstracting and generalising

from experiences, extending task planning and execution

beyond preconceived situations. The project aims to

produce the following key results: (i) Robots capable of

storing experiences in their memory in terms of multi-level

representations connecting actuator and sensory

experiences with meaningful high-level structures,

(ii) Methods for learning and generalising from experiences

obtained from behaviour in realistically scaled real-world

environments, (iii) Robots demonstrating superior robustness

and effectiveness in new situations and unknown

environments using experience-based planning and

behaviour adaptation. The project developments will be

integrated and demonstrated on a PR2 robot, from Willow


The University of Aveiro is involved in the development

of modules concerned with experience gathering,

high-level learning about robot activities and the manipulated

objects, and human-robot interaction.

Additional information:





The University of Aveiro is in the top 2% universities

in “Times Higher Education World University Rankings

2011-2012”, and is also among the top 100 universities

in the world with less than 50 years. UA is attended by about

15,000 students on undergraduate and postgraduate

programmes. ATRI/UA has been conducting projects leading

to the development of integrated architectures for intelligent

robotic systems. This group is well known for its successful

participation in many robotic competitions (RoboCup,

Portuguese Robotics Festival, AAAI, SRVC, etc.)

Additional information:




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