[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Call for applications to PhD studentship at ISR/IST, Lisbon

Pedro U Lima pedro.lima at tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Mon Oct 3 04:39:03 PDT 2016

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Dear all,

Applications are invited for one fully funded PhD studentship at the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal.

This studentship is part of the FCT project Human-aware Service Robots for Domestic Environments (HARODE), which is focused on the research problems of deploying autonomous robots in domestic environments to perform tasks: integrating human-robot interaction; decision-making under uncertainty; perception; (4) navigation; and object manipulation.

The selected applicant will wotk on benchmarking robot tasks, with an impact on real-time re-planning. The main concept consists of using probability theory to come up with a common metric to assess the performance of  the functionalities (a.k.a. primitive actions) composing a task plan, and study the impact of their performance on the task performance. Then, the robot system can, during task execution, self-monitor the performance of the composing functionalities and predict its impact in the task performance, possibly replanning if a performance failure is anticipated. This will be made in tight connection with other topics of the project, where knowledge representation and planning under uncertainty are used. Possible predominant focus on specific functionalities (e.g., manipulation) is expected.

The experimental part of the work will proceed in close contact with the SocRob at Home team (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__socrob-5Fat-5Fhome.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=-pjK4BlmR-1_mBXePQUwqct2hmcAX4rBul25sdPHU8c&s=-2JmeAoHOcabcGr7v8niC4qzwfhgV1J7g11iFzZQz-s&e= ), with regular participation in international scientific robot competitions, such as RoboCup and the European Robotics League (Service Robots).

This studentship will be supervised by Prof. Pedro U. Lima, faculty at IST and Coordinator of the Intelligent Robots and Systems group of ISR (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__welcome.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt_projects-5Fcat_irsg_&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=-pjK4BlmR-1_mBXePQUwqct2hmcAX4rBul25sdPHU8c&s=IOt7Tcux-X7x2jBvXn5LuFCJ3gK2ICIpIrARcr60IwE&e= ).

The research will be conducted at the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR/IST), home to more than 40 PhDs and part of the LARSyS (Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.larsys.pt&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=-pjK4BlmR-1_mBXePQUwqct2hmcAX4rBul25sdPHU8c&s=zXsE0Rh85nXkyrd5slSTBXqOlKgjbYVXSgxdBZMHfs4&e= ). ISR/IST is engaged in a new generation of research challenges pushing the frontiers of knowledge, while offering world-class doctoral training with top universities (e.g. dual/joint degrees with MIT, EPFL, CMU) and fueling the collaboration with industry. ISR/IST develops state-of- the-art engineering solutions and projects with a clear societal impact, and has a long track record of participation in EU and other international projects. ISR/IST hosts 5 groups working in Robotics and Information Processing, Systems and Control Theory, Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Optimization, Intelligent Systems and Biomedical Engineering. (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=-pjK4BlmR-1_mBXePQUwqct2hmcAX4rBul25sdPHU8c&s=4cYMWRW3_1KND1AQWrgnlkObu6u-7hLyv9EqEJuOTNc&e= ).

Requirements: the candidates are expected to have a MSc of equivalent degree with strong background in robotics, artificial intelligence, and computer science. Good programming skills are also expected. The working language is English, so good written and oral communication skills are also required.

	Deadline: 30-October-2016
	Duration: 3 years (full time) - extension possible
	Starting date: January, 2017
	Place: ISR/IST - Alameda campus, Lisbon, Portugal

To request further information and to apply, send an email to pedro.lima (at) tecnico.ulisboa.pt as soon as possible. Please include a CV, a statement of interest, the name and contact of two references and any other supporting documents you may consider helpful.

Best regards,

Pedro U. Lima
Institute for Systems and Robotics
Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisbon, Portugal

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