[robotics-worldwide] Post-doctoral Position in Learning to Ground Concepts in Robotics

Kyrki Ville ville.kyrki at aalto.fi
Wed Jun 20 03:29:08 PDT 2012

Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering invites applications for

Postdoctoral Researcher position for Learning to Ground Concepts in Robotics

The position is located in Department of Automation and Systems Technology. It is fixed-term and filled initially for 1 year with an option for extension.

The candidate will work in the context of Academy of Finland project "Symbol Grounding from Uncertain Measurements", which focuses on the issue how to build intelligent systems which could learn new concepts based on their own experience, by grounding low-level signal phenomena to relevant higher level symbolic concepts, without requiring these symbols to be explicitly defined by a human. The focus is on the use of  machine learning and probabilistic models in systems which physically interact with their environment. The work will be carried out in the Department of Automation and Systems Technology, hosting the Finnish Center of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines (GIM).

A candidate should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Suitable disciplines include Machine Learning, Robotics, Automation, Computer Science, Automatic Control, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, and other related areas. Modeling expertise, especially probabilistic models, and a strong publication record are considered advantages.
Candidates are expected to be experienced with programming, preferably in C++ and Matlab. Candidates should also have good skills in spoken and written English.

The appointment is available from September 1, 2012. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University.  Employment includes occupational health and social security benefits.

For application, please email (with reference “Learning to Ground Concepts”) the following documents attached to the email in a single pdf-file (name the file: "lastname_firstname.pdf"):
1) an application letter;
2) a Curriculum Vitae (with contact details);
3) a list of publications;
4) names and contact information (email) of at least two references;
5) an electronic copy of Ph.D. thesis
6) electronic copies of at most 5 most relevant publications

The applications should be in English and sent to the registry of Aalto University (registry at aalto.fi) by July 31, 2012.

For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Ville Kyrki by e-mail firstname.lastname at aalto.fi,  tel. +35840 7359725, or in recruitment process -related questions  HR-coordinator Kirsti Ojala, tel. +35840 8341161, firstname.lastname at aalto.fi.

Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience, created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland: the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. At Aalto, there are 20,000 students and a staff of 4,500 including 340 professors. For additional information see: http://www.aalto.fi/en/

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