[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc in Adaptive Sensorimotor Models at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

NAVARRO-ALARCON, David [ME] david.navarro-alarcon at polyu.edu.hk
Mon Nov 5 23:40:28 PST 2018

Title: Postdoc in Adaptive Sensorimotor Models at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

We have a new fundamental research project at the PolyU Robotics and Machine Intelligence Lab

To perform sensor-guided motions, robots invariably require some knowledge (at least coarse) of how the motor actions transform into sensor measurements; this information is captured by the sensorimotor model. If the mechanism and sensor setup change into unknown configurations, the model may no longer be known. The aim of this project is to develop a new method for computing sensorimotor models with the following features: (i) entirely from scratch (i.e. without requiring any a-priori knowledge of the model's analytical structure), (ii) on-demand (i.e. it can adapt its structure at any time instant so as to learn new relations), and (iii) from data observations only (i.e. by using information from actions, configurations, and measurements). The proposed idea is to develop a model that incorporates the topology preserving properties of SOM (self-organising maps), and provide it with adaptation capabilities that allow it to reconfigure its structure to cope with new conditions.

By understanding the principle of how these models can be effectively created from scratch and adapted on-the-fly, we hope to build machines with more resilient properties that allow them to perform long-term operations with minimal supervision. The methods to be developed can enable robots to perform tasks while arbitrarily adding/relocating/exchanging sensors from its structure, modifying the length/shape/configuration of its mechanical links, or adapting to a completely different kinematic chain, etc.

We have one Post-doctoral position in cognitive robotics. The candidate will be responsible for developing the new computational model, and for validating it in experimental platforms. She/he should have a PhD degree in robotics, computer science, or related disciplines, and track record of publications in the two top robotics conferences (i.e. ICRA and IROS). We are looking for candidates with strong analytical background *and* hands-on experience in systems integration, image processing, and control of manipulations.

Salary will be highly competitive and according to the high living standards of Hong Kong, where salary tax is amongst the lowest in the world (<15%). Interested candidates should send via email: (i) full CV, and (ii) details of research experience (e.g. representative papers, experimental videos, a portfolio of systems, link to website) to: david.navarro-alarcon [æ] polyu [ð] edu [ð] hk

PolyU is a young research-intensive university with a high international ranking:
- 7th in the World 2017/18 (QS Top 50 Under 50)
- 18th in World 2018 (Times Higher Education Under 50)
The medium of instruction at PolyU is English. Its campus is located in heart of Hong Kong, one of the world's most important financial centres and Asia's World City

Dr David Navarro-Alarcon
Assistant Professor
Robotics and Machine Intelligence Lab
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University



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