[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc opening - Machine Learning for Robot Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles - Italian Institute of Technology

Petar Kormushev Petar.Kormushev at iit.it
Thu May 31 07:08:24 PDT 2012

** Open postdoctoral position in Machine Learning for Robot Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) **

The Department of Advanced Robotics (http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics) at the Italian Institute of Technology (an English-language research institute, located in Genoa, Italy) has one Post-Doc opening in the research areas of Reinforcement learning and Imitation learning applied to robot control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV).

The successful candidates will participate in a 3-year research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT, STREP, Cognitive Systems and Robotics) called "PANDORA" (Persistent Autonomy through learNing, aDaptation, Observation and ReplAnning) which started in January 2012. (http://persistentautonomy.com/)

The project is a collaboration of five universities and institutes in Europe: Heriot Watt University (UK), Italian Institute of Technology (Italy), University of Girona (Spain), King's College London (UK), and National Technical University of Athens (Greece).

The accepted candidates will contribute to the development and experimental validation of novel reinforcement learning and imitation learning algorithms for specific application to robot control of autonomous underwater vehicles.

The research work includes conducting experiment with AUVs in water tanks in collaboration with the other project partners. The developed machine learning algorithms will also be applied for other robots available at IIT, such as the compliant humanoid robot COMAN, the humanoid robot iCub, Barrett WAM manipulator arm, and KUKA LWR arm robot.

The research will be conducted within the "Learning and Interaction Group" (http://www.iit.it/en/advr-labs/learning-and-interaction) with team leaders: Dr. Petar Kormushev and Dr. Sylvain Calinon.

The salary will depend on the candidate's experience. Policies provide additional pension and health benefits. Applicants may also qualify for reduced taxes benefits. The contract will be for the duration of the project.
Expected starting date is as soon as possible.

International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues. For further information please contact: Dr. Petar Kormushev (petar.kormushev at iit.it).

Application Requirements:
- PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering
- High-quality publication record
- Strong interest in machine learning algorithms
- Strong competencies in some of these areas: machine learning, reinforcement learning, imitation learning, MATLAB and C/C++ programming
- Experience in robot control is a plus
- Fluency in both spoken and written English

Application Procedure:
To apply please send a detailed CV, a statement of motivation, degree certificates, grade of transcripts, contact information of at least two references, and other support materials such as reference letters to: Dr. Petar Kormushev (petar.kormushev at iit.it) and Dr. Sylvain Calinon (sylvain.calinon at iit.it), quoting [PANDORA] in the email subject.

For consideration, please apply by:  ** June 29, 2012 **

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data. We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper based means, observing the rules on protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art.7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Petar Kormushev, PhD
Team Leader
Department of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova

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