[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc opening - Deep Learning, Image Classification, Sensor Fusion and Robotics

Matthew Johnson-Roberson mattjr at umich.edu
Thu Jul 16 00:15:52 PDT 2015

[Job Description]
Postdoctoral position in deep learning, image classification, and sensor fusion and robotics.

We are seeking a postdoc at the University of Michigan DROP (Deep Robot Optical Perception) Lab. Our Lab's research goal is to develop robotic systems capable of operating in complex dynamic environments. To this end, we seek to expand and improve the perceptual capabilities of autonomous systems. Our work seeks to push the bounds of scale and resolution in 3D reconstruction, segmentation, data mining, and visualization for massive datasets gathered with robotic systems. 

You will be involved in a innovative project in collaboration with several application domain researchers applying deep learning to image data gathered with novel sensors. You will actively contribute to computer vision and sensor fusion algorithms made to run efficiently on large datasets in a robust and distributed fashion.

The position is fully funded and guaranteed for 12 months. An extension can be granted upon renewal of the project.


Extensive experience and a passion for computer vision, mathematics, C/C++ programming, and abstract thinking. 

• PhD degree
• State-of-the-art computer vision know-how and deep knowledge of feature learning, image classification, image registration, and sensor fusion (Visual SLAM, bundle adjustment, and field robotics knowledge a plus)
• Excellent C++ or Python skills
• Matlab prototyping 
• Programming experience in real world systems
• Ability to present work clearly both written and orally

Familiarity with libraries such as Torch, Caffe, ROS, OpenCV, OpenGL and development tools including Matlab, Python, CMake, and Git would be welcomed.

The candidate is expected to also participate in supervision of PhD's, Bachelor's, and Master's students and general lab-related activities.

This position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to broaden
his/her knowledge in deep learning and classification
and that wants to explore a new application domain for representation learning
techniques. This position also gives you an opportunity to learn about
new sensing modalities and their use.

[Career Development]
During the project the candidate will be supported in applying for grants to
support his/her further career development. There will be possibility for
joint proposal application afterwards to further this area of research.


- Starting Date: September 2015 (but some flexibility either way is possible)
- Evaluation of the candidates starts immediately but will continue until the position is filled.

[How to Apply]

Please send Prof. Matthew Johnson-Roberson (mattjr at umich.edu) a single PDF including (in the following order) a short letter of motivation, your CV (including publication list),  a list of at least 3 references, and up to 3 publications. Use the subject line "Postdoc: deep learning"

The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory/Affirmative Action Employer.

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, PhD
Deep Robot Optical Perception Lab | http://droplab.engin.umich.edu/
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan NA&ME Department
2600 Draper Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2145
Email: mattjr at umich.edu Ph: +1 (734) 764-3767

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