[robotics-worldwide] [job advertisement] Research Assistant in Computer Science (Intelligent Long-term Behaviour in Mobile Robotics)

Tom Duckett tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk
Mon Apr 8 05:23:42 PDT 2013

[job advertisement] Research Assistant in Computer Science (Intelligent Long-term Behaviour in Mobile Robotics)

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a new Research Assistant (fixed term for 3 years) to join the Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). The centre is internationally recognised for its research in sensing, mapping, and control for autonomous robotic systems, and currently comprises 6 faculty staff and 14 post-graduate researchers. The successful candidate will be employed as part of the European collaborative Integrated Project “STRANDS”, involving six academic institutes and two industrial partners across four European countries.

The project aims to enable robots to achieve robust and intelligent behaviour in human environments through adaptation to, and the exploitation of, long-term experience. The approach is based on understanding 3D space and how it changes over time, from milliseconds to months. The project will develop novel approaches to extract quantitative and qualitative spatio-temporal structure from sensor data gathered during months of autonomous operation. The project will also develop novel algorithms to manage the vast amount of data gathered and to optimise the robot behaviour to exploit these structures to yield adaptive autonomy in highly demanding, real-world security and care scenarios.

This RA post is focussed in the area of behaviour generation, planning, and control to facilitate life-long learning of activities and dynamic scenes by autonomous mobile robots. The primary tasks related to this fellowship include the development of novel approaches for proactive exploration in order to complete and verify knowledge in task- and curiosity-driven ways, including the integration of multiple abilities and information sources into the autonomous robotic system. Additional tasks include the development of software framework extensions for the management, access and retrieval of acquired information during long-term operation. 

For more information and online application form :


Professor Tom Duckett
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Phone: +44 1522 837113
Fax: +44 1522 886974

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