[robotics-worldwide] [job advert] 2 postdoc and 1 PhD in persistent SLAM and cognitive control for long-term autonomy

Tom Duckett tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk
Fri Jan 11 09:13:15 PST 2013

The University of Lincoln, UK, is seeking to appoint two new
Postdoctoral Research Fellows (fixed term for 4 years) and one PhD
student to join the recently established 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 candidates will be employed as part of a European
collaborative project, involving six academic institutes and two
industrial partners across four European countries.

The FP7-funded project STRANDS "Spatio-Temporal Representations and
Activities for Cognitive Control in Long-Term Scenarios" 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 control mechanisms which
exploit these structures to yield adaptive behaviour in highly
demanding, real-world security and care scenarios.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 1 is focussed in the area of long-term
3D mapping/SLAM for enabling activity and scene understanding by
autonomous mobile robots (closing date: Sunday 20 January 2013). For
further information and online application form:

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2 is focussed in the area of behaviour
generation and control to facilitate life-long learning of activities
and dynamic scenes by autonomous mobile robots (closing date: Sunday 20
January 2013). For further information and online application form:

A PhD studentship is also offered, focussed in the area of adaptive
motion by mobile service robots in the presence of humans during
long-term operations(closing date: Sunday 27 January 2013). For further
information and application details:

Informal enquiries about all posts can be made to Dr Marc Hanheide
(email: mhanheide at lincoln.ac.uk) and Dr Tom Duckett (email:
tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk).

Dr. Tom Duckett
Reader in Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Phone: +44 1522 837113
Fax: +44 1522 886974

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