[robotics-worldwide] Several Postdoc Positions at the AASS Mobile Robotics and Olfaction Lab, Örebro University (3D Perception and Robot Vision)

Achim J. Lilienthal achim.j.lilienthal at gmail.com
Tue May 8 09:47:24 PDT 2012


[Apologies for multiple postings]


Several postdoctoral researcher positions are available at the AASS Mobile
Robotics and Olfaction Lab (http://www.aass.oru.se/Research/mro) at Örebro
University, Sweden. We seek candidates with background/strong interest in 3D
Perception and Robot Vision in semi-structured, dynamic environments. Apart from
regular postdoc positions (two to four years), we are also looking for
candidates who are interested in a guest stay at the AASS Mobile Robotics and
Olfaction Lab for a period of 3 - 12 months.


RESEARCH PROFILE:
The available positions specifically relate to the following four research profiles

1) Autonomous and safe long-term navigation of transport vehicles in 3D, real
world scenarios (SAUNA project,
http://www.oru.se/English/Research/Research-environments/Research-environment/Centre-for-Applied-Autonomous-Sensor-Systems-AASS/Research/Research-projects/Research-project/?rdb=693):
Example applications facilitated through SAUNA and other collaborative projects
with industrial partners include robotic forklifts in warehouses, robotic wheel
loaders on asphalt production sites and underground mining vehicles.

2) Semantic 3D Mapping:
Combining high-level inference with low-level rich 3D perception (rich 3D = 3D
data augmented with additional per point information such as color, temperature,
object label, etc.) to create semantic maps that allow useful queries beyond
localization.

3) Autonomous unloading of containers:
RGB-D perception within the EU project RobLog (http://www.roblog.eu/), which
addresses autonomous unloading of containers with rigid and deformable objects
(coffee sacks).

4) Autonomous long-term load-haul-dump operations with wheel loaders (ALLO
project, aass.oru.se/Research/mro/allo/index.html):
3D perception, inference of the best strategy to attack gravel piles (i.e. where
to load material first), path planning in the dynamic environment of an asphalt
production site, map maintainance and quality assurance over a prolonged time.


PREREQUISITES AND APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applicants should have a PhD in Robotics or a related field and of course
dedication and a strong interest in the particular topic. In addition, the
successful candidates should have a solid theoretical background and excellent
programming skills (preferably C++). Previous experience in the relevant field
is a plus. It is not necessary to be familiar with the Swedish language, but
proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.

To apply for the position, please send the following documents in PDF format to
Achim J. Lilienthal (e-mail: achim.lilienthal at oru.se) with the subject line
“Postdoc Position Rich 3D”:
- a one page letter that describes the preferred research profile(s) and the
suitability of the respective candidate for these profiles,
- an updated curriculum vitae (CV) including at least two references (names and
contact details),
- a full list of publications,
- copies of the three most relevant publications.


CLOSING DATE:
Applications can be sent immediately and will be considered until the position
is filled.


THE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT:
The University of Örebro is a young university currently enrolling some 17.000
students (see http://www.oru.se for details) located in the city of Örebro,
which has 107.000 inhabitants and is situated in central Sweden (at 59°16'N
15°13'E; more information can be found, for example, at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Örebro).

AASS (Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems) is a multi-disciplinary research centre
which combines ideas from different fields including machine learning and
artificial intelligence, computer vision, computer science, and measurement
technology to create mobile robots and other autonomous sensor systems. The
research and human environment at AASS is young, enthusiastic, and international.

The Mobile Robotics and Olfaction Lab is one of two research groups within AASS.
The focus is on perception systems for mobile robots. Our goal is to advance the
theoretical and practical foundations that allow mobile robots to operate in an
unconstrained, dynamic environment. The approaches that we develop address
real-world needs and are typically characterized by fusion of different sensor
modalities. Where possible, the results of our research work are timely
integrated in industrial demonstrators. Currently, the Mobile Robotics and
Olfaction Lab has a staff of 16 PhD students and 12 senior researchers. Further
information can be found at http://www.aass.oru.se/Research/mro.


LINKS:
Mobile Robotics and Olfaction Lab:
http://www.aass.oru.se/Research/mro/index.html

AASS:
http://www.aass.oru.se

Contact Person:
Achim J. Lilienthal,
Web page: http://www.aass.oru.se/Research/mro/amll.html
e-mail: achim.lilienthal at oru.se,



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