[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Studentship in Computer Vision for Autonomous Vehicles

John McDonald John.McDonald at mu.ie
Mon Jul 23 08:28:58 PDT 2018

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Computer Vision for 
Autonomous Vehicles in the Computer Vision Group at Maynooth University 
Department of Computer Science. The position is fully funded for 4 years 
through Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre (www.lero.ie) as part 
of a 4 year collaborative project with a Tier 1 supplier of automotive 
vision systems and includes a competitive stipend, PhD fees (EU level), 
a generous travel allowance, and funding for associated hardware and 
software (as part of the wider project).

The topic of the PhD is robust data-association in multi-session and 
collaborative simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM). Solutions to 
this problem are particularly relevant in autonomous vehicle settings 
where algorithms are required to relate visual sensor data from repeated 
trajectories through the same environment across long time scales (e.g. 
months or years). These algorithms must therefore be robust to strongly 
varying lighting and weather conditions, and considerable variation in 
scene structure and appearance. Recent developments in deep learning are 
presenting compelling new approaches to addressing this problem. The aim 
of the PhD will be to investigate and develop new approaches that 
leverage and extend these results in the context of autonomous vehicles.

The student will be expected to work closely with members of the 
research team both at Maynooth University and at the commercial 
partner’s site in Ireland, contributing new knowledge to the area and 
actively publishing their research results in leading computer vision, 
robotics, and/or intelligent vehicle system conferences and journals.

The successful candidate must have:
- a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Computer Science, Electronic 
Engineering, or a cognate discipline, with a final grade of 2.1H or 
higher (or equivalent)
- prior modules completed in a selection of the following topics: 
computer vision, robotics, AI/machine learning
- a strong mathematical background
- excellent software development and programming skills, with a strong 
capability in C++
- experience in working with Linux based systems
- excellent written and verbal communication skills

Experience in the following is also desirable:
- application of computer vision / robotics / machine learning to 
real-world problems (e.g. through previous projects, internships, etc.)
- python, OpenCV, the Robotics Operating System (ROS), Deep Learning 
Frameworks (e.g. pytorch, TensorFlow, etc.)

Applicants with previous research experience, and in particular, 
publications in any of the scientific areas mentioned above will be 
favoured in the recruitment process.

Applications including a cover letter, full CV, and contact details of 
two academic referees should be sent to Dr. John McDonald 
(John.McDonald at mu.ie) with the subject line “LERO PhD 08/18”.

Informal enquires welcome.

Applications deadline: 10th August 2018.

Start Date: Sept/Oct 2018.

Further Details: 

Dr. John Mc Donald,
Dept. of Computer Science,
Maynooth University,
Co. Kildare,

Email : John.McDonald at mu.ie
Tel: +353-1-7084589
Fax: +353-1-7083848
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