[robotics-worldwide] (apply by Dec 31) Post-doctoral research position in cognitive robotics and machine learning

Luís Seabra Lopes lsl at ua.pt
Thu Dec 27 03:05:00 PST 2012

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

Transverse Activity on Intelligent Robotics
University of Aveiro, Portugal
Apply by 2012/12/31

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 Cc.
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.)

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