[robotics-worldwide] Ph.D Position at KTH/Danica Kragic, Mathematical Representations for Robotic Manipulation

Florian Pokorny fpokorny at kth.se
Fri Jun 21 01:09:16 PDT 2013

Ph.D Position in Mathematical Representations for Robotic Manipulation
KTH School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC) announces a PhD
position in Mathematical Representations for Robotic Manipulation


The Workplace

KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in
Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and
engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH.
Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of
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planning. There are a total of just over 14,000 first and second level
students and more than 1,700 doctoral students. KTH has almost 4,600

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research and teaching environments in Information Technology in Sweden
with activities at KTH and partly at Stockholm University. We conduct
education and research in theoretical computer science, from theory
building and analysis of mathematical models to algorithm construction,
implementation and simulation.The applied computer science research and
education dealing with computer vision, robotics, machine learning,
computational biology, neuroinformatics and neural networks, including
high performance computing, visualization and speech and music
communication. It also conducts applied research and training in media
technology, human-computer interaction, interaction design and
sustainable development.
For more information about CSC, go to www.kth.se/csc


KTH School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC) announces a PhD
position in Robotics at the Centre for Autonomous Systems
(www.cas.kth.se) and Computational Vision and Active Perception Lab (

We are looking for a student who will investigate novel methods in
robotic grasping and manipulation. Current approaches to robotic
manipulation are largely representing such actions in a discrete and
heuristic way. While currently even rigid object manipulation remains
challenging due to the presence of incomplete and noisy data, we are
particularly interested in developing novel continuous representations
which are invariant under certain classes of deformations, thus enabling
a robot to reason about deformable objects and/or classes of objects.

We are a leading lab pursuing this nascent area which is highly
interdisciplinary and which can benefit from ideas from probability
theory, Riemannian geometry and algebraic topology. The candidate will
join the group of Prof. Danica Kragic ( www.csc.kth.se/~danik/) and will
be co-supervised by Dr. Florian Pokorny ( www.csc.kth.se/~fpokorny/).

This is a four-year time-limited position that can be extended up to a
year with the inclusion of a maximum of 20% departmental duties, usually
teaching.  Doctoral students must be registered at KTH. The starting
date is open for discussion, though ideally we would like the successful
candidate to start as soon as possible.


Form of employment: Time-limited
Work time: Full time
The salary follows the directions provided by KTH
Start date: According to agreement
Number of positions: 1


A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in
Mathematics, Physics or the equivalent. In addition to the traditional
academic merits a degree project within mathematics or physics,
excellent programming skills, international experience and language
skills are regarded as advantageous qualifications.

Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the
ability to work independently and perform critical analysis as well as
possess good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities.


Application deadline: September 1st, 2013
Employer’s reference: D-2013-0460

Applications should be e-mailed to:

Camilla Johansson, E-mail: applications1 at csc.kth.se. If you have any
questions, contact us at: jobs at csc.kth.se. Write the reference number in
the email subject. (CV, etc. should be sent as an attachment, as PDF-files.)

Application shall include the following documents:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Transcripts from university/university college
3. Brief description of why the applicant wishes to become a doctoral

Please observe that all material needs to be in English, apart from the
official document.
We are currently gathering information to help improve our recruitment
process. We would, therefore, be very grateful if you could include an
answer to the following question within your application: Where did you
initially come across this job advertisement?


For enquiries about Ph.D studies and employment conditions please contact:

Maria Widlund, HR Manager
Phone: +46 8 790 97 54
E-mail: mwidlund at kth.se

For enquiries about the project please contact:

Danica Kragic, Professor
Phone: +46 8 790 67 29
E-mail: dani at kth.se

Florian Pokorny, Dr
Phone: +46 8 790 61 38
E-mail: fpokorny at kth.se

Union representative

Lars Abrahamsson, SACO
Phone: +46 8 790 70 58
Email: lars.abrahamsson at ee.kth.se

Florian T. Pokorny, PhD              |  web: www.cas.kth.se/~fpokorny
Researcher, CVAP/CAS                 |  tel: +4687906792
KTH Royal Institute of Technology    |  Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

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