[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc Position in underwater vision and robotics, LIRMM, France.

Vincent Creuze vincent.creuze at lirmm.fr
Thu Mar 8 02:11:53 PST 2012

Laboratory: LIRMM (CNRS/University Montpellier 2), Montpellier, France
Department: Robotics Department
Duration: 8 months (from september 2012 to April 2013), possibly extended 
to 12 months

A postdoctoral research position is proposed in the Robotics Department of 
the LIRMM, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Robotique et de Microélectronique 
de Montpellier (CNRS/University Montpellier 2), Montpellier, France in 
collaboration with TECNALIA. TECNALIA is the first private research center 
in Spain and the fifth in Europe, with 1445 people of high qualification. 
TECNALIA is organized around five divisions. Each one is composed of 
distinct business units, 16 in total, oriented to clients and specialized in 
sectors like energy, environment, construction, metallurgy, transport, 
health, software, industrial systems or telecommunication. The robotic 
departement of the Bussiness Unit Industrial System launched a specific 
research line on submarine robotic so as to answer growing needs from 
markets. A collaborative work has been initiated with LIRMM to overcome 
technologic issues inherent in underwater work.
The Robotics Department of the LIRMM is organized in 5 project-teams: DEMAR, 
DEXTER, ICAR, IDH and NERO, covering research in automatics, signal and 
image processing, and mechanical design. These project-teams focus on 
problems related to synthesizing, managing, and controlling complex dynamic 
systems (manipulators, mobile robots, human-robot interfaces). They also 
work on navigation, localization, and local-remote control of autonomous 
vehicles, image analysis, coding, and processing, as well as virtual and 
augmented reality.
The research will be focused on ship hull inspection by autonomous 
underwater vehicles. A stereovision system will be used to estimate 
distance, pose, and motion of the vehicle relative to the followed hull.
The research will investigate spatial matching and hull detection in 
presence of complex visual artifacts (algae, shading patterns, floating 
suspended particles). The research will also investigate temporal matching 
taking into account inertial measurements and vehicle's dynamics. Real-time 
experiments will be carried out with a 6-dof Remotely Operated Vehicle.
We are looking for candidates with image processing background applied to 
robotics. Control skills would be appreciated.

How to apply:
Applicants for this position should hold a PhD in image processing. 
Interested applicants should send a CV (with a brief research statement) and 
a list of references (recommendation letters are also welcome) by email to 
vincent.creuze at lirmm.fr 

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