[robotics-worldwide] Call for PhD Student Applications - IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative

Pedro U. Lima pal at isr.ist.utl.pt
Fri Mar 30 16:13:34 PDT 2012

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		IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative
		 Call for PhD Student Applications
	   Distributed and Cognitive Robotics Focus Area

The Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) offer a Joint Doctoral Initiative in 7 cutting edge research domains.:

Biological and Medical Imaging
Distributed and Cognitive Robotics
Computational and Stochastic Mathematics
Antennas and EM devices for Wireless Applications
Environmental Hydraulics
Plasma Physics

The focus area of Distributed and Cognitive Robotics is highly interdisciplinary and involves two main research lines: (i) distributed, networked robots and (ii) cognitive personal assistant robots and devices capable of interacting with humans and understanding human actions.

* Distributed, networked robots - Recent advances in robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence, statistical signal processing and control theory, as well as the advent of miniaturized sensors and actuators, powerful embedded processors, and wireless communication systems, have afforded engineers with the methodologies and technologies to design and build networks of autonomous robots and systems. The applications include monitoring and operations in hazardous or remote environments (ocean, space, contaminated areas, areas destroyed by natural disasters, etc), in industrial or civil engineering structures (pipeline monitoring and surveillance, bridges, dams), and in services (buildings, public areas, traffic monitoring and surveillance).

* Cognitive personal assistant robots - The massive deployment of sensors and robotic devices (e.g. smart appliances, robotic assistants) in offices, homes and urban environments, as opposed to factories, places the interaction with humans and the interpretation of human activity in a central role (e.g. ambient intelligence, health-care, surveillance). This challenge opens a new landscape of research directions in learning, human action recognition and cognition in a multidisciplinary approach involving (e.g. humanoid) robotic systems, as well as neuroscience and psychology. The research domains in this Focus Area include Human activity recognition from sensor data (e.g. video), context aware systems that can learn from observation and Learning by imitation in humanoid robotic assistants with biological inspiration.


Admitted students will share their time between Lisbon and Lausanne and will be supervised by leading experts from both institutions.

Deadline for applications (4th call): April 15th 2012

More information and details:
E-mail: ist‐epfl at ist.utl.pt

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