[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position in Omnidirectional Computer Vision for Underwater Robots

Nuno Gracias ngracias at isr.ist.utl.pt
Wed Sep 17 06:22:29 PDT 2014

PhD position in Omnidirectional Computer Vision for Underwater Robots

The Computer Vision and Robotics Group of the University of Girona (UdG), Spain, has opened a full-time PhD position in the area of Omnidirectional Computer Vision for Underwater Robots. The research will be conducted in the Computer Vision and Robotics institute of the UdG (http://vicorob.udg.edu/) under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Garcia and Dr. Nuno Gracias.

The research will focus on using underwater cameras with very wide field of view (providing hemispherical coverage) to assist the operation of underwater robots. These cameras open up new unexplored capabilities of immersive telepresence, efficient optical mapping in cluttered environments and vehicle safety. The overall goal is to develop new capabilities to assist scientists operating a lightweight hybrid remotely operated vehicle in exploratory missions of mapping and surveying.

The group will offer a 4-year contract (3 years as PhD candidate + 1 year of postdoc).

Applicant profile

The applicants should have a master degree (already completed) in robotics, computer vision, computer science, or a closely related field. Knowledge in optical mapping and control of autonomous robots is a highly recommended. Candidates should also have good programming skills. Pre-knowledge in underwater mapping and underwater robotics is considered a plus. Additionally, the candidates should have good communication skills in English, both in speaking and in writing.

How to apply

Please send your application via email to Dr. Rafael Garcia rafael.garcia at udg.edu and Dr. Nuno Gracias, ngracias at silver.udg.edu. The application should include the CV and a research statement describing relevant experience and should be sent by the 24th September 2014.

About the research group

ViCOROB is a research institute at the University of Girona (Spain) specialized in Computer Vision and Robotics.The group has been active for over 20 years, bringing together researchers from different areas of knowledge, including Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Telecom Engineering, Physics and Mathematics. ViCOROB combines top level research with technology transfer, focusing on basic and applied research projects, promoting values such as respect, diversity, hard work, internationalization and entrepreneurship.
More information on the group and underwater research activities can be found at http://cirs.udg.edu/ .

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