[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Service Robotics

Nicola Bellotto nbellotto at lincoln.ac.uk
Sat Dec 27 07:46:05 PST 2014

Location:  School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK
Salary:   From £31,342 per annum
This post is fixed term for 3 years
Closing Date:   Tuesday 13 January 2015
Interview Date:   Wednesday 28 January 2015
Reference:  COS146B

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a new Postdoctoral Research
Fellow in Service Robotics (Robot Perception for Human Tracking and Motion
Analysis) to join the Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS). The
centre is internationally recognized for its research in sensing, mapping, and
control for autonomous systems, and currently comprises 7 staff, 4 postdoctoral
research fellows and 16 post-graduate research students. The successful
candidate will be employed as part of a European collaborative project,
involving academic institutes and industrial partners across five European

The project will develop a floor washing robot for industrial, commercial,
civil and service premises, such as supermarkets and airports. Floor washing
tasks have many demanding aspects, including autonomy of operation, navigation
and path optimization, safety with regards to humans and goods, interaction
with human personnel, easy set-up and reprogramming. The project addresses
these problems by integrating existing and new solutions to produce a
professional floor washing robot for wide areas.

This Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is focussed in the area of robot
perception, based on laser range-finder and RGB-D sensors, for human detection,
tracking and motion analysis in dynamic environments. Primary tasks include
developing novel algorithms and approaches for enabling the acquisition,
maintenance and refinement of multiple human motion trajectories for collision
avoidance and path optimization. Additional tasks include integration of the
algorithms with the robot navigation and on-board floor inspection system, and
relevant project management activities.

The fellowship offers the opportunity to engage in international collaboration
within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and
software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate
original research contributions. The successful candidate should possess a PhD
or equivalent. They will have excellent skills in robot programming and
systems integration. Hands-on practical experience in areas including (but not
limited to) robot perception, sensor fusion, multi-target tracking, machine
learning and robotics middleware would also be an advantage. The successful
candidate will design, conduct and manage original research in the above
subject areas, as well as contribute to the wider activities of L-CAS.
Evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing is
essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team,
including excellent communication skills.

The University of Lincoln is a forward-thinking, ambitious institution and you
will be working in the heart of a thriving, beautiful, safe and friendly city.
L-CAS provides a stimulating environment for academic research, and is based
in high quality, newly developed facilities.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Nicola Bellotto (email:
nbellotto at lincoln.ac.uk) or Prof Tom Duckett (email: tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk).

For further information or to apply online please visit our website at

As a member of the Athena SWAN Charter we are committed to advancing gender
equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to

Dr Nicola Bellotto
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1522 886080

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