PostDoctoral position on low-latency vision for autonomous robotics - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 11/01/2019 - Expires on: 05/06/2019

The Event-Driven Perception for Robotics (EDPR) Research Line (www.edpr.iit.it) at the iCub facility – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) – is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow in the area of low-latency vision for autonomous robots.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic postdoc who will join our team to develop algorithms for low-latency and high-speed vision for motion estimation and 3D object tracking. In particular, the candidate will be in a unique position to exploit recent advances in machine learning and more traditional computer vision techniques, in combination with novel biologically “event-driven” inspired sensors. 

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, high dynamic range, 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).

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 such as machine learning and computer vision, and also an open-mind to the paradigm shift that comes with event-driven robotics.

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 for the visual processing required for autonomous humanoid robots.

For more details on the position, write to chiara.bartolozzi@iit.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, computer vision or related fields
  • Ability to analyse, improve and propose new algorithms/solutions;
  • Good programming skills;
  • Good communication skills and ability to cooperate within a team;
  • Creative, proactive and collaborative attitude.

Desirable skills:

  • Outstanding technical skills and excellent overall score in master classes;
  • Background and/or previous experience in a field among modelling, machine learning, robotics, computer vision, event-driven or spike-based computation;
  • Familiarity with robotic middleware (e.g. YARP, ROS) and development tools (e.g. CMake and Git);
  • Knowledge of Computer Vision and OpenCV library.

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

Expected start date could be July 2019.

Please apply by June 5th, 2019, by sending your application to applications@iit.it quoting exactly BC76325 – JP14 Low-latency 3D object tracking for autonomous robotics in the e-mail subject. Your application shall contain a detailed CV, a research statement, and the contact information of two references.

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