Saturday, May 1, 2010

Opening at NASA-JPL in robot learning, cognition and decision making

The Advanced Robotic Control (ARC) Group, part of the Robotics and Mobility Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
welcomes applications for PhD-level research in robot learning, cognition and decision making.

The group performs research and develops technologies that increase robot autonomy and improve human efficiency in controlling multiple robots.

More specific, research includes the development of new concepts, algorithms, architectures and SW in one or more areas of autonomous decision-making and control, specifically in:
- Mobility Algorithms, planning and navigation for underwater, surface and aerial robotic platforms (3D, constraint, uncertain)
- Distributed reasoning and optimal control for multi-robots/multi-piece/
hybrids (cooperative, reconfigurable/etc)
- Robot intelligence and behavior control
- Robot learning, cognition and decision making
- Human-robot interfaces and controls using biological signals

Required: Degree in Robotics, CS, EE or related area, highly motivated, demonstrated excellence in research, multi-disciplinary, team player.

Desired: PhD, experience with real robots, leadership skills, strong analytical/mathematical skills, record in establishing new business.

Outstanding candidates at any level of seniority are welcome to apply.

Please respond with resume, list of references, and statement of research interests, addressed to

Adrian Stoica, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Advanced Robotic Controls Group
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
MS 198-219, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109

CFP ROBOSEC 2010- Robots and Security, Canterbury, UK, Sept 6-7

Robots and Security (ROBOSEC) Symposium will be held Sept 6-7, 2010 in Canterbury, UK, in
coordination with the International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies
(EST-2010) and the International Symposium on Learning and Adaptive Behavior in
Robotic Systems (LAB-RS 2010).

The focus of this symposium is the intersection between robotics and
security. It includes both topics related to future roles of robots for security as
well as the topics related to security and trustworthiness of robotic platforms,
which have to defend themselves against interception of their transmitted
intelligence or hostile take-over of their controls.

The symposium aims to foster discussions between specialists in robotics and
specialists in security, and share experiences from the community that has already
been working at the frontier of the two domains.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
•Trust in Robots and Unmanned Platforms
•Cyber-physical systems security
•Robotic immune systems
•Robot protection and countermeasures against intercepts and attacks
•Self-test and self-repair
•Miniature robots for surveillance applications
•UAVs and electronic warfare
•UAVs for surveillance and border security
•Robots in underground operations
•Security of underwater platforms
•Robotic search and rescue
•Security of robot-facilitated ad-hoc networks

K1: Embedded Ethics and Robotic Deception: Implications for Security
Prof Ronald C Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

K2: Secured Robot Identity
Prof Wael Adi, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

Prospective authors are invited to submit either 6-page Full Papers describing original work,
or 2 page Extended Abstracts that present novel ideas and work in progress.
Prospective tutorial lecturers, workshop/session organizers are invited to submit a half page proposal

The conference proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference
Publishing Services (CPS) and will made available through IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates
Proposals for tutorials, workshops, and special sessions: May 10, 2010
Paper submission deadline: June 1st, 2010
Author notification: June 10, 2010
Camera ready manuscript deadline: June 24, 2010
Author/Early registration: July 23, 2010

For further information please check the conference web site
or contact Symposium Chair, Dr. Adrian Stoica,, Tel: +1 (818) 354 2190

Program Commmittee

Wael Adi, TU Braunschweig, Germany
Ron Arkin, Georgia Tech, USA
Paul Benjamin, Pace University, USA
Misty Blowers, AFRL, USA
Susan Craw, RGU, UK
Henrik Christensen, GaTech, USA
Son Dao, HRL, USA
Ioan Doroftei, TUI, Romania
Dario Floreano, EPFL, Switzerland
Paolo Fiorini, U Verona, Italy
Sue Ellen Haupt, Penn State U, USA
Daniel Howard, HSL, Qinetiq Fellow, UK
Tetsuya Higuchi, AIST Japan
Terry Huntsberger, JPL, USA
Al Kelly, CMU, USA
Tai-hoon Kim, Hannam U, Korea
Isabella Panella, Selex_Galielo, UK
Phil Philips, UK
Horia-Nicolai Teodorescu, TUI, Romania
Jim Torresen, U Oslo, Norway
Edward Tunstel, APL/JHU, USA
Tanya Vladimirova, U Surrey, UK
Svetlana Yanushkevich, U Calgary, Canada

Lecturer and postdoc jobs in Brisbane (Corke/Wyeth)

QUT in Brisbane is establishing a laboratory for Robotics, Vision and Sensor Networks led by Professors Peter Corke and Gordon Wyeth. This is a significant new (2010) initiative to build research capacity at the confluence of robotics, vision, communications and bio-inspired robotics. Application areas of particular interest include monitoring the natural and built environment. We are looking for motivated early career academics and postdoctoral fellows to join us.

Through the University-wide early-career recruitment scheme we are seeking talented and motivated young academics (equivalent to US tenure track) whose research would support the areas outlined above. The early-career scheme is competitive across the University and candidates will be assessed against research track record as well as fit with University research activities. Applicants should emphasize their research alignment with the goal of the laboratory. Early career is defined as first 3 years.

In addition we have one postdoctoral fellow position.

How to apply:

or the university recruitment site (refs 10034 and 10027)

Further information about our research is available from the laboratory’s Web site:

VVV10 iCub Summer School Call for Participation

This is a call for participation for "Veni Vidi Vici 2010",
the fifth iCub Summer School. Those who would like to
participate should email their name, affiliation, and
(if you are not a member of an iCub project) a CV to:
no later than:
May 30th, 2010
Places are limited. Your application will be acknowledged
within two business days, and notification of placement
will be made on June 1st, 2010. If placed, you will be
expected to register and pay by June 30th. The
school website is available at:
Best regards,
The VVV 2010 team


VVV 2010, the Fifth iCub Summer School

The iCub Summer School, "Veni Vidi Vici", serves to
consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering
for humanoid robots. Our goal is to foster long-lived
academic collaboration on robot software across the
boundaries and lifetimes of individual projects.
The iCub summer school is a peer-to-peer event; there are
no lectures, and no strict division of instructors and
students. All participants are expected to be competent
C/C++ programmers with an interest in working
with others (and an agenda of their own). The school
schedule will be organized flexibly around informal
tutorials from participants on modules they are working on
or interested in.

The school is structured as a series of hands-on practical
laboratory sessions, and informal talks. There will be real
robots to work with (including at least two full humanoids).
We will have a dedicated local network, with wireless.
Participants are expected to bring their own laptop.

Motor control, robot design, image processing,
communication, software engineering, machine learning.

This year the school will be hosted at the Mediaterraneo
Foundation in Sestri Levante, Liguria, Italy. See the
school website for venue details. Comments on this venue
from other years -

Vincent: "Nice and creative people"+"Dedicated organizers"+
"Perfect location"+"Wonderful robot and software" = VVV08.
Thanks for this well balanced summer school.

Giacomo: Great experience! I really enjoyed accessing such
advanced robots, and working together with great guys.
The location was beautiful too.

Alexis: Such an amazing time with such wonderful people!
Interesting discussions, helpful and giving people and an
awesome location. :) Thanks everyone! It was a good time
living deeply and intensively, just what I needed! I hope to
see you again soon. Pura vida!

We begin the school in the morning of Monday, July 19 2010,
and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 28 2009 (with
people leaving during Thursday, July 29 2009). Sunday the
25th will be a free day.

The summer school registration fee is 1300 euro. This fee
includes the school itself, food, and accommodation. Rooms
are shared between two people. A single room is 300 euro
extra (and subject to availability).

Our sponsors:
This year, the school is sponsored by ITALK, a project to
develop artificial embodied agents able to acquire complex
behavioural, cognitive, and linguistic skills through
individual and social learning.
In previous years, the school was funded by RobotCub, a
project to study cognition through robotics. Along the way,
this project created a completely open design for a
humanoid robot - open hardware, open software, open mind:
the iCub.

postdoc position in robot manipulation and simulation

Postdoctoral Position in Robotic Manipulation and Dynamic Simulation
Laboratory for Intelligent Mechanical Systems, Northwestern University

Applications are being accepted for a postdoctoral position in dynamic
robotic manipulation. This NSF-sponsored project is studying
mechanics and simulation, motion planning, control theory, and
experimental validation of dynamically dexterous robots. The goal is
to develop theory to support automatic planning and feedback control
of dynamic manipulation modes such as rolling, sliding, throwing and
catching, and juggling.

The ideal candidate would have background in one or more of the
following areas: simulation of rigid bodies in contact, robot motion
planning, control theory, hybrid systems, and experimental systems
including real-time operating systems.

The expected duration of the postdoctoral fellowship is two years,
with other durations possible. The position is available immediately.
To apply, email a brief cover letter describing your professional
interests and future goals, a CV, and contact information for three
references to Prof. Kevin Lynch, All
documents should be in pdf format.

Maru Robot that Can Dance

Mahru the robot can dance and wave and do just about anything you can do, while you're doing it. The latest version of this humanoid-looking robot developed by Korea Institute of Science and Technology's (KISK) Cognitive Robotics Centre can mimic a person's movement in real-time, reports the sci-tech website IEEE Spectrum.

Dubbed Mahru, the robot's movements are fluid and clean. And how it performs them is evolving every day.

Previously, the robot had to learn how to perform new tasks via video. Now, a motion-capture suit allows the wearer's movements to be transferred directly to Mahru.

The motions can be recorded for later use, too.

The KISK Cognitive Robotics Center research focuses on designing robots that do chores for people, and they have made headlines before, as newer models become capable of ever more complex tasks.

Past versions of Mahru have performed chores like grocery shopping, or bringing food to tables.

“Attention is turning to the benefits offered by human friendly intelligent robots since the market for traditional industrial robots does not offer the growth potential it once had,” reads the Center's website.

“The Center’s goal is to develop new intelligent agent technologies to provide human-friendly services for human beings by combining intelligence technologies and bio-mimetic sensing-and-control technologies with traditional robot technologies.”

ABB Robotics and Fox Valley in Partnership to Install Robots for Students

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Automation Technology has had a tremendous impact on industries all over the world, and also act as excellent tools for teaching engineering concepts. Hands-on experience helps students to develop valuable skills. ABB Robotics, a leading supplier of industrial robots, has entered into a partnership with Fox valley Technical College, FVTC ,in short. The partnership is expected to benefit the Appleton Wisconsin college tremendously, as it will enhance the vocational and technical robotics training. ABB also stands to gain, as it will now have an authorized training facility in the north central Midwest.

According to the terms of the partnership, the process of equipping the technical college will be completed in two phases. Phase I would see the installation of seven ABB robots, related software and controllers into the updated industrial training facility. FVTC offers a two-year associate degree in Automated Manufacturing & Robotics, and a series of robotic training courses in its Workforce Development program. “Robotics training plays a significant role in today’s high-tech, global market that is increasingly driven by automation".

This would be an off- shoot of students and workplace trainees being placed in a position where they have access to advanced manufacturing technology.
ABB robotics stood to gain tremendously, as the facility at Fox Valley would be a precursor to other such regional certified training campuses throughout North America., where robotic technicians will have easier access to comprehensive training and certification.

The relationship between Fox Valley and ABB is still in the nascent stages, with ABB currently providing comprehensive training for Fox Valley staff at the Michigan center. ABB has many plans for the future, which will include new industrial system installations, other related industry related activities, and field training for Fox Valley's students.

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Fox Valley Technical College offers more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma and certificate programs, and instruction related to 20 apprenticeship trades, in addition to providing services to business and industry. Annually, the college serves about 45,000 people throughout its five-county district.

ABB Robotics is a reputed supplier of industrial robots ,also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending.