[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Extreme Weather Perception for Autonomous Driving, University of Waterloo

Steven Waslander stevenw at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Mar 28 11:14:06 PDT 2017

We are seeking outstanding PhD graduates focused on autonomous driving 
perception challenges, such as moving object detection and tracking, 
drivable surface detection, and robust multi-sensor localization and 
mapping.  The positions are for a minimium of 1 year, extensible to 2 
years pending performance.  In particular, we are searching for 
candidates who have made fundamental contributions to the following 
domains, but any qualified candidates with relevant experience will be 
- Object Proposals Generation and Object Detection
- Semantic and Instance Level Segmentation
- Multi-sensor localization and mapping (vision, lidar, GPS/INS)
- Sensor modeling and fault detection
- Estimation on manifolds
- Direct and/or dense visual odometry

Selected candidates will join the Waterloo Autonomous Vehicles 
Laboratory (WAVELab), under the supervision of Prof. Steven Waslander 
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__wavelab.uwaterloo.ca&d=DwICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=FNTlGmjMBk7TfyCYUs1CFIA7bxU5741l-zZQXiK3z1U&s=VlkMruH_JY0GGfC_zTEheioccrVGl_OEpiHxslvryOA&e= ). They will have the opportunity to work on 
the Autonomoose, the University of Waterloo autonomous vehicle, which is 
licensed to operate on public roads throughout Ontario, Canada 
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__autonomoose.net&d=DwICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=FNTlGmjMBk7TfyCYUs1CFIA7bxU5741l-zZQXiK3z1U&s=4VC1iQ4NmUY-eEFyfuuRTCybsKXSQV52WYKs0qFN-bo&e= ).  The WAVELab is currently comprised of 20 
graduate students and engineers supporting the development of robust 
autonomous driving perception algorithms, and maintains a dynamic 
learning environment with strong collaboration opportunities.

Candidates should have deep experience in robotics, and autonomous 
driving research is preferred. A proven publication record at top-tier 
conferences and journals is a hard requirement ( e.g. IJRR, JFR, T-RO, 
RSS, ICRA, IROS, CVPR, ICCV, NIPS, ICML). Strong, publicly visible, 
programming contributions and experience with C++, Python,  ROS are 
essential.  Experience with robotics in outdoor environments preferred.

How to apply

Please send a current CV and focused research plan (max. 1 pg) to Prof. 
Steven Waslander (stevenw at uwaterloo.ca) as soon as possible.  The 
successful candidate could begin as early as May, 2017, and as late as 
September, 2017.

The University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__uwaterloo.ca&d=DwICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=FNTlGmjMBk7TfyCYUs1CFIA7bxU5741l-zZQXiK3z1U&s=y2VKjpcoJMe7l5irvNGrf_aGiBrLN-q1y6JmPHuhA44&e= ) has been named the "Best Overall" university by 
reputation in Canada; researchers benefit from close connections with 
many high-technology companies in the Waterloo area and from the very 
generous intellectual property policy of the University, which vests all 
IP rights with the inventor. The University is located in the attractive 
two-university community of the Region of Waterloo (population of 
450,000) in southwestern Ontario. The city of Toronto is within easy 
driving distance, as are the many recreational opportunities offered by 
the Great Lakes and numerous provincial and national parks.

Steven L. Waslander
Director, Waterloo Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (WAVELab)
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
(519) 888-4567 x32205

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