[robotics-worldwide] Open Postdoc Position in Automated Tracking for Animal-Robot Interaction Experiments

Francesco Mondada francesco.mondada at epfl.ch
Sun Dec 16 10:45:10 PST 2012

The Robotic Systems Lab at the "Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne" invites applications for a postdoctoral research position.

The research will involve development of a tracking system that will be used to extract in real-time behavioral features of fishes and robots in experiments on animal-robot interaction. The postdoctoral researcher will test different animal tracking approaches (primarily visual, though other methods have to be also considered) to find the method that guarantees a reliable detection of individual fishes. Furthermore visualization tools have to be developed to monitor experiments and to represent behavioral statistics in an intuitive way. It is expected that the researcher will participate in the design of experimental setups that are suitable for an automated experimentation of mixed societies with fishes and a robotic swarm. The postdoctoral researcher will also participate in the teaching and academic activities of the laboratory.

Excellent programming skills are required for this position, and experience with tracking and visualization tools is desirable. Candidates should have a recent PhD in Computer Science, Robotics or related areas with a strong background in Computer Vision and Automated Tracking proved by publications. High expertise in C++ is required, as well as proficiency in Python or other scripting languages. Experience in the development of tracking systems for biological applications is desirable. Experience developing software in team using source code management (e.g. git) is a plus.

This research positions is funded by the EU-FP7-ICT "Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems” project ASSISI . The position is limited to 30 months. Anticipated starting date is the early beginning of 2013. Please send a letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae and two academic references to Francesco Mondada ( http://people.epfl.ch/francesco.mondada ).

Dr. Francesco Mondada
Senior researcher, MER

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)

Postal address:
Francesco Mondada 
bureau MEB330, Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

tel: +41 21 693 73 57
fax: +41 21 693 78 07

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