[robotics-worldwide] PhD Studentship in Long-term Robot Autonomy at University of Lincoln, UK

Marc Hanheide mhanheide at lincoln.ac.uk
Thu Dec 20 03:52:23 PST 2012

PhD Studentship in Computer Science (Socially adaptive behaviour of mobile
service robots in long-term scenarios)

The University of Lincoln is seeking to recruit a new PhD student to join
the recently established Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). The centre
is internationally recognised for its research in sensing, mapping, and
control for autonomous robotic systems, and currently comprises 6 faculty
staff and 14 post-graduate researchers. The successful candidate will be
offered a studentship as part of a European collaborative project,
involving six academic institutes and two industrial partners across four
European countries.

The project aims to enable robots to achieve robust and intelligent
behaviour in human environments through adaptation to, and the exploitation
of, long-term experience. The approach is based on understanding 3D space
and how it changes over time, from milliseconds to months. The project will
develop novel approaches to extract quantitative and qualitative
spatio-temporal structure from sensor data gathered during months of
autonomous operation. The project will also develop control mechanisms
which exploit these structures to yield adaptive behaviour in highly
demanding, real-world security and care scenarios.

This PhD studentship is focussed in the area of adaptive motion by mobile
service robots in the presence of humans (with varying mobility-related
abilities) during long-term operations.  Primary tasks include developing
novel algorithms and approaches for reward-based learning and adaptation of
motion behaviour of a mobile robot in the social and spatio-temporal
context. Additional tasks include the integration of the developed adaptive
motion behaviours into a mobile robotic system and its scientific
evaluation as well as contributions to the overall project aims.

The studentship fellowship offers the opportunity to engage in
international collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with
state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from
excellent support to produce and disseminate original research
contributions. The successful candidate will possess excellent skills in
programming and systems integration. Hands-on practical experience in areas
including (but not limited to); human-robot interaction, mobile robotics,
machine learning, and robotic frameworks and middleware, would also be an
advantage. The candidates should possess a good honours degree in Computer
Science or related discipline. Evidence of ability to engage in scientific
research and to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent
communication skills in both written and spoken English, is required. The
studentship will cover tuition fees and a stipend based on the Research
Council UK (RCUK) stipend levels for up to four years, as well as
opportunities for travel and participation in international conferences and
project meetings.

The School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln scored highly
in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) with 85% of its outputs
ranked at international quality or better with 15% ranked world-leading.
The School provides a stimulating environment for academic research, and is
based on the picturesque waterfront campus in the vibrant city of Lincoln
in high quality, newly developed facilities. The research facilities
available within the School of Computer Science include research
laboratories and office spaces with state-of-the-art computing facilities
for an international community of academics, researchers and graduate
students. L-CAS also enjoys access to well-appointed research laboratories,
with a number of different research platforms including mobile robots,
imaging and sensing technologies.

For further information see http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/socs and
http://robots.lincoln.ac.uk/. .

Interested candidates are invited to send a Curriculum Vitae to Dr Marc
Hanheide (mhanheide at lincoln.ac.uk) with the subject line “Application for
PhD Position in Long-term Autonomy”

Informal enquiries about the post can also be made to Dr Marc Hanheide
(email:  mhanheide at lincoln.ac.uk) and Dr Tom Duckett (email:
tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk).

Closing date: 27th January 2013

Dr. Marc Hanheide
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS
Phone: +44 1522 88 6966
EMail: marc at hanheide.net
Web: http://www.hanheide.net
skype: mah99de

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