[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc and PhD studentship in compositional hierarchies in vision for robot manipulation: University of Birmingham

Jeremy Wyatt jlw at cs.bham.ac.uk
Wed Feb 6 01:41:21 PST 2013


One Research Fellow and one PhD position are available on Learning
Compositional Visual Models of Objects for Robotic Manipulation.

We are looking for a Research Fellow and a PhD student to work on a new
FP7-funded project PacMan ”Probabilistic and Compositional
Representations of Objects for Robotic Manipulation”. PacMan will
develop technologies to allow robots to generalize manipulation skills
to novel objects, and to cope with the uncertainty inherent in sensor
driven manipulation. This will be achieved by employing hierarchical,
compositional representations of objects (e.g. part based
representations of shape) that incorporate both visual and haptic

The appointees for both positions will work to develop new computer
vision methods to enable efficient and scalable learning and inference
of objects and object categories for robot manipulation. The emphasis
will be on developing and evaluating computational approaches to scalable
visual recognition of 3D object classes, building on our previous work
on compositional hierarchies (http://vicos.fri.uni-lj.si/alesl/research/).

Research Fellow: Starting salary between £27,854-£44,607 a year, with
potential progression to £50,186 a year. Appointment will be made at the
appropriate salary grade based on qualifications, skills and experience.
The post is available for 3 years. You should have or be about to obtain
a PhD on a relevant topic, have strong mathematical and coding skills,
and a strong publication record.

PhD studentship: full studentship available. Candidates should contact
us for details. You should have a batchelor's or master's degree in
computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics, together with
strong mathematical and coding skills. You should be in the top 10% of
your graduating class.


PacMan involves the following groups:

University of Birmingham (www.cs.bham.ac.uk/go/irlab)
University of Innsbruck (iis.uibk.ac.at)
University of Pisa (www.centropiaggio.unipi.it)

You will work as part of a team of seven researchers on PacMan at Birmingham,
and around 20 researchers in PacMan as a whole. The IRLab at Birmingham is a
lab of 20 researchers working on a range of projects within robotics.

Informal enquiries should be made to Project Coordinator Dr Jeremy L
Wyatt (j.l.wyatt at cs.bham.ac.uk) and to the principal research supervisor
Prof Ales Leonardis (a.leonardis at cs.bham.ac.uk). Please mark your email
“PacMan Fellowship Enquiry” or "PacMan PhD enquiry"

Formal applications for the fellowship must also be submitted via the
University. To download the details and submit an electronic application
online visit: www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs . Click on the current vacancies link.
Then type the reference number into the search box to retrieve the necessary

Reference: 43999
Closing date: 5 March 2013

Dr Jeremy L Wyatt
Reader in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jlw || +44 121 414 4788

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