[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Deadline 29th Nov. -- PhD position available at ISR, University of Coimbra, Portugal on Multi-Robot Coordination, Artificial Perception, Multi-Robot Surveillance of Infrastructures

Rui Rocha rprocha at isr.uc.pt
Fri Nov 25 01:55:35 PST 2016

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PhD Position at ISR - University of Coimbra, Portugal

Topics: multi-robot coordination, artificial perception,
cooperative perception, multi-robot surveillance of

Application deadline: November 29, 2016

One PhD position is available at Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ap.isr.uc.pt_&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=QbnPdAgJ1MkPcxDZtfZYfn87C5xccZHvUctwKf7xZ-k&s=vH77lthlDw2pna6XYsmAcsvkq3wqcdcHty4GSphPuoE&e= ), Portugal, starting in January 2017, under the supervision of Prof. Rui P. Rocha, in the scope of the recently funded project “STOP – Cooperative Robotic Securities”, funded by the “Portugal 2020” (PT2020) program, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project STOP aims at pursuing research on automatic patrolling of infrastructures by mobile robots, and developing innovative technical features in order to adapt the intended multi-robot systems to real scenarios, namely the automatic perception of security threats and other abnormal situations, as well as the resilient operation during long periods of time. The PhD student will integrate a multidisciplinary research team involved in several nationally and internationally funded excellence research programs. 

The candidates must hold a M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, or a related area, and must have high oral and written proficiency in English if her/his mother tongue is not the Portuguese. The ideal candidate would have a solid academic curriculum and excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, would be capable of working autonomously on assigned research tasks, and would be eager to get enrolled in a PhD program and develop a thesis on one the project’s topics. Candidates having a solid formation and/or research experience in computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, and mobile robotics, will be preferred. Experience in programming robots in C++ with ROS (Robot Operating System) and OpenCV and PCL (Point Cloud Library) libraries will be an advantage.

Applicants must send by email the following mandatory documents:
i) Motivation Letter, including a research statement;
ii) Curriculum Vitae (CV), including GPA for academic degrees and title of the M.Sc. dissertation;
iii) Digital copy of the M.Sc. academic degree certificate.

The following optional documents can be sent together with the aforementioned documents:
- Reference letters and contact information of current or previous supervisors for candidates having past experience in R&D projects;
- Other relevant documentation.

Applicants must include in the Motivation Letter a research statement and state their availability to start working at University of Coimbra in the beginning of January 2017.
Since the two applicants having the best curriculum will be interviewed in late Nov./early Dec. 2016 before the winning candidate is selected, every applicant should provide the skype nickname in the contact information included in the CV.
The application must be sent in PDF format to rui.rocha[at]uc.pt *no later than November 29, 2016*.


Rui P. Rocha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Coimbra
Universidade de Coimbra - Pólo II
3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal

E-mail: rprocha[at]isr.uc.pt / rprocha[at]deec.uc.pt / rui.rocha[at]uc.pt
Tel.: +351 239 796 256
Skype: rprocha
Web: home.deec.uc.pt/~rprocha

Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra (UC) is the oldest Portuguese university and one of the oldest in the world. UC is nowadays a vibrant academy and an indisputable reference in higher education and research in Portugal and in Europe, due to the quality of the courses taught at its eight Faculties and to its excellence in the promotion of science and technology advances in 46 research units integrated in the University. With more than 1,500 researchers and professors, UC has extensive experience in research programs with competitive research funding, particularly in European Commission (EC) framework programmes for research, in several areas including sciences, engineering, health, justice and home affairs, international cooperation, and mobility. In FP7, UC participated in 59 projects and was the coordinator in 10 of them. Since the beginning of H2020, UC has participated in 20 project applications that were approved for funding, being the coordinator in 5 of them.
The Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR-UC) is a research unit integrated in UC whose overall goal is to develop excellent research in various areas of science and technology, with emphasis on intelligent systems and robotics. The ISR-UC has participated in over a dozen European projects funded by EC. The Artificial Perception for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (AP4ISR) team of ISR-UC has participated in several EC-funded projects, both in FP6 (projects BACS and IRPS), FP7 (projects Prometheus, HANDLE, and Social Robot), and H2020 (project GrowMeUp) framework programmes. The AP4ISR team has been doing research in collaboration with important European players in excellence research from Universities, research institutions, and companies (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ap.isr.uc.pt_-3Fw-3Dpartners&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=QbnPdAgJ1MkPcxDZtfZYfn87C5xccZHvUctwKf7xZ-k&s=zXY-oKqi1OKK7Z0o3MsUbhKGsRPyeia-jMSv3bnWH1g&e= ), mostly from Europe.

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