[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc position in AI for Robotics at ISIR, UPMC, Paris, France

Alexandre Coninx alexandre at coninx.org
Tue Sep 5 04:06:29 PDT 2017

Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) is seeking to
recruit a postdoctoral research fellow in AI and machine learning for

Main topic: State representation learning

Duration: Funding available for 18 months, starting as soon as possible.

Position profile

This research is funded by the SMART Labex project
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.smart-2Dlabex.fr_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-SIYC4Wv5Wp5hZK4Rv3eWRarCZZeraWwmepu4BjjJ0M&s=zjN6XZGrS5IDwxtkkPe6lmRvpXagm2Cubu1ztLp4sIg&e=) and linked to the ongoing DREAM european
project (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robotsthatdream.eu_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-SIYC4Wv5Wp5hZK4Rv3eWRarCZZeraWwmepu4BjjJ0M&s=xcuvR9mYB7hRraKOwAPVK_QR5Dne1KWOcMD8H826yGQ&e=), which is led by ISIR and
focuses on the bootstrap of a developmental process allowing a robot to
learn about its environment and the objects it contains. It also
involves collaboration with LIP6 (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.lip6.fr&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-SIYC4Wv5Wp5hZK4Rv3eWRarCZZeraWwmepu4BjjJ0M&s=4qdzBXv97UAq2LcbiK7zwveYIqba5xZzIans9DhWoNQ&e= - also at UPMC), a
leading French computer science lab.

In this context, the goal of this position is to investigate the ways
through which an agent can autonomously build state representations of
sensory data which support the learning of sensorimotor and cognitive
skills. The project will build upon the dataset generation methods
developped in the DREAM project. The proposed methods will be validated
in simulated environments and possibly with experiments on physical
robots like Baxter and PR2.

Applicants should hold a PhD in AI or a related field, have a strong
experience in machine learning (dimensionality reduction, deep learning,
bayesian learning), good programming skills and an interest in robotics.
A significant experience in robotics programming is a plus. Speaking or
understanding French is not required.


The position will be located in the Institute of Intelligent Systems and
Robotics (ISIR, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.isir.upmc.fr&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-SIYC4Wv5Wp5hZK4Rv3eWRarCZZeraWwmepu4BjjJ0M&s=nI2g2ZP1w_T4Gx-2tdVY9xhF_PlYZy5sc1C3DWjY99Q&e=), Paris, France. ISIR belongs to
the UPMC-Sorbonne Universités which is among the top ranked French
universities. ISIR is located in the center of Paris, thus at walking
distance from the Seine river, from other academic institutions (Ecole
Normale Supérieure, La Sorbonne, Collège de France, Muséum d'Histoire
Naturelle, Université Paris Descartes, Hôpital la Pitié Salpétrière),
and from famous monuments (Notre Dame, Le Panthéon, le Théâtre du
Châtelet, Institut du Monde Arabe).


To apply, please send a CV, a motivation letter and the contact details
of 2 to 3 references to Stéphane Doncieux (stephane.doncieux at upmc.fr)
and Alexandre Coninx (alexandre.coninx at upmc.fr) with [Postdoc
application] in the subject of the mail.

Alexandre Coninx - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__people.isir.upmc.fr_coninx_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-SIYC4Wv5Wp5hZK4Rv3eWRarCZZeraWwmepu4BjjJ0M&s=vk6-Ll464kQEddHJMonBInoy3AD45SWzhepz3ZIjro4&e=
Maître de conférences (assistant professor) - UPMC ISIR, AMAC team
+33 6 52 70 53 42

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