[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Research Fellowship at IST-Lisboa

Alexandre Bernardino alexandre.bernardino at tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Sat Apr 28 02:38:35 PDT 2018

Research Fellowship in Robotic Biomimetic Oculomotor Control


The Computer and Robot Vision Lab of the Institute for Systems and Robotics
at Técnico Lisboa invites applications for a *6 month research fellowship* on
Robotic Biomimetic Oculomotor Control. This fellowship is proposed in the
context of a collaboration with the ERC project ORIENT, of Prof. John van
Opstal from the Radboud University at Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The ideal candidate should *hold a degree *(BSc, MSc) on Electrical,
Computer, Mechanics, Aerospace, Biomedical or Physics Engineering, and
be* willing
to apply and engage in an international PhD programme.* The position comes
with a monthly grant of 980€. Depending on the work achievements, *after
the 6 month grant the candidate can apply for the 3 year PhD grant. *

*Project background:* Humans are extremely fast and efficient in relocating
their gaze direction to different points in the visual field through
saccadic eye movements. However, current robots are still unable to achieve
similar performances. This project aims to bring robots closer to the human
performance by exploiting modern control theory, computer vision, and
machine learning algorithms, all applied to a novel 3D biomechanical
system, which was designed according to the kinematics of the human eye.
Simultaneously, we will uncover the neural mechanisms that biological
systems may use to control complex motor systems with redundant degrees of

The work consists of the implementation of a *oculomotor kinematics and
dynamics control systems following biomimetic principles on a realistic
mechanical model of a human eye*. *The work should culminate with the
proposal of a workplan for a 3 year project at the level of a PhD. *

The candidates are required to demonstrate good analytical, programming and
writing skills. Knowledge on modelling, control, robotics, computer vision
and/or machine learning will be highly considered.

Applications assembled to a single pdf file should contain:

(1) Cover letter (max 1 page)

(2) CV

(3) Certificate of academic degree with grades.

(4) Name and contact of two referees.

(5) Application form model B1 in

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applications are open from 16th April 2018 to 15th May 2018.

Applications should be sent to: alex AT isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt [Subject
line: Orient2018]

Official documents: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__drh.tecnico.ulisboa.pt_files_sites_45_bl84-2D2.pdf&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=JqatfSB-S-S2PK5Ip1-zpC87vwpRlQHLVLFi9PqHtoM&s=LHHyR5DCYHNWGtHeQBv-hi3Gn76CxP4J_G2jPPslCk4&e=
Alexandre Bernardino
Associate Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico
Senior Researcher, Institute for Systems and Robotics
IST - Torre Norte, 7º - Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa. Portugal
Tel. +351-218418293, Fax. +351-218418291, Web: isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/

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