Thursday, June 24, 2010

3 PhD or postdoc positions in developmental robotics, machine learning and computer vision in France



In the context of a 3 years project funded by the french research agency
ANR, we are looking for highly skilled and motivated candidates in the
fields of developmental robotics, machine learning and computer vision
with evaluation on the iCub humanoid robot.

The global project aims at addressing 4 complementary challenges that have
been identified as crucial to the development of future humanoid robotics:

* CHALLENGE 1: How can a robot learn efficient perceptual representations of
its body and of external objects given initially only low-level perceptual
capabilities?
* CHALLENGE 2: How can a robot learn motor representations and use them to
build basic affordant reaching and manipulation skills?
* CHALLENGE 3: What guidance heuristics should be used to explore vast
sensorimotor spaces in unknown changing bodies and environments?
* CHALLENGE 4: How can mechanisms for building efficient
representations/abstractions, mechanisms for learning manipulation skills,
and guidance mechanisms be integrated in the same experimental robotic
architecture and reused for different robots?

The 4 challenges are distributed over four partners:

ENSTA-ParisTech (Paris) will lead challenge 1. The contact is David
Filliat (david.filliat@ensta.fr). See
http://cogrob.ensta.fr/

ISIR-UPMC-Paris 6 (Paris) will lead challenge 2. ISIR hosts the iCub
humanoid robot on which the acheivements will be evaluated. The contacts
are Olivier Sigaud and Vincent Padois (olivier.sigaud@upmc.fr). See
http://www.isir.fr/

The FLOWERS team at INRIA Bordeaux (Bordeaux) will lead Challenge 3.
The contact is Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (pierre-yves.oudeyer@inria.fr)
. See
http://flowers.inria.fr/ and http://www.pyoudeyer.com

The GOSTAI company (Paris) will lead Challenge 4. The contact is
Jean-Christophe Baillie (baillie@gostai.com). See
http://www.gostai.com/

The funding should be available by January 2011 or earlier. Specific
schedules might be considered for specific candidates. Salaries will
depend on the candidate experience and on the partner.

The applicants should send a detailed CV and statement of motivation to
the partner that is most relevant given their motivation. The topics being
closely related, all candidates will be considered by all partners.

Don't hesitate to distribute this email to other relevant lists.

Best regards,

Jean-Christophe Baillie, David Filliat, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Vincent
Padois and Olivier Sigaud


Olivier Sigaud
Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (CNRS UMR 7222)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Pyramide – Tour 55
Boîte courrier 173
4 Place Jussieu
75252 PARIS cedex 05 – France
http://people.isir.upmc.fr/sigaud
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