[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at ISR/IST Lisbon

Alexandre Bernardino alex at isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Wed Feb 13 11:14:21 PST 2019

Call for Expressions of Interest on a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in
Robotics, Machine Learning and AI for Biomimetic Oculomotor Control

ISR/IST - Lisboa, Portugal

The Computer and Robot Vision Lab of the Institute for Systems and Robotics
at Técnico Lisboa will open in April 2019 applications for a *12 month
research post-doc research fellowship, renewable for up to **3** years* 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 PhD degree **for up to three years, *on
Electrical, Computer, Mechanics, Aerospace, Biomedical or Physics
Engineering. *We search someone with a **strong background on systems
modelling and control, and knowledge on computer vision, artificial
intelligence or machine learning. *

The position comes with a net monthly grant between 1495 - 2060 € depending
on candidate experience (*12* months per year; Note; cost of living in
Lisbon is 70% of that in Brussels). Depending on the work achievements, *the
**grant** can be renewed for up to 3 years. *

The work consists of the development of *oculomotor kinematics and dynamics
control systems, following biomimetic principles on a realistic mechanical
model of the human visual-motor system*, as well as the co-supervision of
PhD and MSc students working on the project. The work will be supervised by
Prof. Alexandre Bernardino at IST in close collaboration with Prof. John
van Opstal.

Interested candidates should express their interest by sending the
following documents as soon as possible to alexandre.bernardino AT
tecnico.ulisboa.pt [Subject line: Orient2019]:

(1) Cover letter (max 1 page)

(2) CV

(3) Certificate of academic degree with grades.

(4) Name and contact of two referees.

*About the research goals of the fellowship: *

One of the goals of the ORIENT project (“Goal-Directed Eye-Head
Coordination in Dynamic Multisensory Environments”) is the use of a
biomimetic robotic oculomotor system (head/eye/vestibular/auditive) to
study oculomotor control on humans and robots.  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
tendon-driven 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 freedom.

The work consists of the development of *oculomotor kinematics and dynamics
control systems, following biomimetic principles on a realistic mechanical
model of the human visual-motor system*, as well as the co-supervision of
PhD and MSc students working on the project. The work will be supervised by
Prof. Alexandre Bernardino at ISR/IST in close collaboration with Prof.
John van Opstal.

*About the host institution ISR/IST: *

IST is the largest and most reputed school of engineering, science and
technology in Portugal, with long tradition in teaching, and excellence in
research, innovation and training activities. Since its creation in 1911,
IST’s mission is to contribute for the  development of the science, economy
and society by promoting a higher degree of education in the areas of
Science, Engineering and Technology at the undergraduate and graduate
levels and by delivering highly qualified professionals in the public and
private sector, strengthening the National and European R&D effort.

The ISR-Lisboa (Institute for Systems and Robotics) is the research
institute of IST involved in multidisciplinary research activities in the
areas of Mobile Autonomous Robotics (Land, Underwater and Space autonomous
vehicles), Computer and Robot Vision, Automation and Control, Dynamic
Systems, Signal and Image Processing, Communications, Biomedical
Engineering, Evolutionary Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Manufacturing
Systems and Aeronautics. ISR-Lisboa is home to nearly 150 researchers
(including approximately 50 faculty members and postdoctoral researchers).
The ISR-Lisboa team involved in this project has has a solid expertise in
the areas of vision based control, active vision, computer vision and
vision-based navigation, and hosts several humanoid robotic platforms
(including an iCub). It has been involved in major EU projects like CAVIAR,

*About Lisbon: *

Lisbon, with a population of about one million inhabitants (2 million in
the metropolitan area), is the capital, the chief port and the largest city
of Portugal. It stands on the westernmost point of land of the European
continent, where the Tagus river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Its climate
is probably the mildest of all European capitals. Lisbon is one of the most
ancient cities in the western Europe.

Probably inhabited since the Neolithic period, it was settled by
Phoenicians in 1200 BC, who named it Alis Ubbo (calm port). They prospered
for more than 600 years until it was occupied by Greeks and Carthaginians,
then by the Romans in 205 BC, by the Barbarians in the 5th century AC, by
the Arabs in 715 AC, till it was finally conquered by D. Afonso Henriques
during the Crusades in 1147, and declared capital of the Portuguese kingdom
in 1252. The city name evolved with each new occupant until its present
form Lisboa. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Age of the Discoveries,
Lisbon became the center of the world and the entrance of Europe to the

Being already an important city when conquered in 1147, it continued
growing its importance. In 1260 the King Afonso III transferred his court
there from Coimbra. The University of Lisbon was founded in 1292. It is
perhaps this long history of finding new lands and cultures that explain
why Lisboans are, by nature and tradition, open to the new and very
welcoming to visitors.

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: www.isr.ist.utl.pt/~alex

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