[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Student position (Idiap and EPFL) in machine learning applied to the control of prosthetic hands

Sylvain Calinon sylvain.calinon at idiap.ch
Wed Dec 23 05:09:28 PST 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Robot Learning & Interaction Group at the Idiap Research Institute 
(http://idiap.ch) in Switzerland is recruiting a PhD Student in the 
field of robot learning and control. The work will take place within the 
TACT-HAND project starting in April 2016, in collaboration with DLR and 
CITEC, where Idiap will contribute to the robot learning aspects.

TACT-HAND aims at building a lightweight, wearable human-machine 
interface based upon high-resolution tactile sensors to 
augment/substitute traditional surface electromyography. Machine 
learning methods merging classification and regression will be developed 
to exploit the tactile interface and provide online intent detection. 
The aim is to improve the control of prosthetic hands with an easy 
calibration by the users. Different techniques will be investigated, 
including multilinear algebra for tensor data analysis and online 
adaptation with multi-kernel learning techniques.

The ideal PhD candidate should hold an MS in computer science, 
engineering, physics or applied mathematics. S/he should have a 
background in statistics, signal processing and programming (C++ or 
Matlab). The successful PhD candidate will become a doctoral student at 
EPFL (http://www.epfl.ch) provided that s/he is accepted by the Doctoral 
School at EPFL (http://phd.epfl.ch/applicants). Appointment for the PhD 
position is for a maximum of 4 years. Annual gross salary ranges from 
47,000 CHF (first year) to 50,000 CHF (last year).

For more information, please contact Dr Sylvain Calinon 
(sylvain.calinon at idiap.ch, http://calinon.ch). Interested candidates 
should submit a cover letter, a detailed CV, and the names of three 
references (or recommendation letters) through the Idiap online 
recruitment system: http://www.idiap.ch/education-and-jobs/job-10184. 
Application deadline: Feb. 10, 2016.

About Idiap:

Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and 
supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole 
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (http://epfl.ch). It is located in 
the town of Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of 
Switzerland, surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering 
exciting recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, 
as well as varied cultural activities. It is within close proximity to 
Geneva and Lausanne. Although Idiap is located in the French part of 
Switzerland, English is the working language. Free French lessons are 

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a 
young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal 
opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of 
Women in Science" European initiative. The Institute seeks to maintain a 
principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the 
best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and 
equally encourage both genders to apply.

Dr Sylvain Calinon,
Idiap Research Institute,
Martigny, Switzerland

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