Post doc position in Event-Driven Perception for Humanoid Robots at the iCub Facility - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 12/06/2018 - Expires on: 31/10/2018

The Event-driven perception for robotics (EDPR) laboratory (https://edpr.iit.it/ ) with the iCub Facility, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow, under the supervision of Dr. Chiara Bartolozzi.

The selected candidate will join the interdisciplinary team of the iCub project. She/he will contribute to the development of new skills of the iCub robot, based on event-driven sensing.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic postdoc who will join our team to develop models and architectures capable of interpreting and learning from spatio-temporal information, to extract relevant information and plan appropriate behavior. In particular, the candidate will be in a unique position to exploit recent advances in machine learning, in combination with novel biologically inspired sensors and the accompanying biological-grounded learning models. 

The research aims for the position are open but will focus on the some or all of the following areas depending on the candidate’s experience:

  • Computer vision;
  • Biological and Neural Computational Models;
  • Machine Learning;
  • Humanoid Robotics;
  • Haptic Sensing and Sensor Fusion;

The candidate will take an “event-driven” approach to robotics, in which sensor signals are not sampled at a fixed rate, but specialised sensor electronics output only when there is a significant change. The signal is therefore highly-compressed, has a low-latency, and can represent signal frequencies on the order of megahertz.

An example of the event-driven camera can be seen here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS-7xYRYSLc) but we also have active projects involving event-driven touch/haptic, sensors.

The EDPR group is part of the iCub Facility and the candidate will be using event-driven robotics to improve the speed, accuracy, robustness and computational usage of the iCub Humanoid Robot (http://www.icub.org/). Proposed problems include:

  • Low-latency, low-computation attention;
  • Robust object tracking;
  • Sparse object/environment modelling;
  • Adapting machine learning techniques to the event-driven domain;
  • Adapting neural models to real, neural-like, sensors.

However, we also expect the chosen candidate to identify and propose novel problems that can be solved using the unique combination of event-driven sensors and the advanced humanoid robot. The event-driven sensors propose a challenge as they require a completely new approach to processing, and we expect the candidate to have a strong knowledge base of a relevant field, and also an open-mind to the paradigm shift that comes with event-driven robotics.

For more details on the position, go https://goo.gl/jsvPdv and write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and for more information on EDPR watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RKzUaqGhE4&feature=youtu.be

Required qualifications:

  • M. Sc. in Computer science, Physics or related fields;
  • PhD in Computer Science, robotics, neuroscience or related fields
  • Ability to analyze, improve and propose new algorithms/solutions;
  • Good communication skills and ability to cooperate within a team;
  • Creative, proactive and collaborative attitude.

Desirable skills:

  • Good programming skills;
  • Outstanding technical skills and excellent overall score in master classes;
  • Background and/or previous experience in a field among computational neuroscience, modeling, machine learning, robotics, computer vision.

The successful candidate will be offered a salary commensurate to experience and skills.

Expected start date could be January 2019.

Please apply by October 31st, 2018, by sending your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Dr. C. Bartolozzi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) quoting exactly BC71977 – Post doc position in Event-Driven Perception for Humanoid Robots at the iCub Facility in the e-mail subject. Your application shall contain a detailed CV, a research statement, and the contact information of two referees.

 

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