Job Advert: Research Fellow to work on EU Cognitive Robotics Project at University of Birmingham, UK

[Apologies for any duplication]

Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship, starting as soon as possible, on a project due to end on 30 June 2012. The post is for work on two major EU funded projects:

CoSy: Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants (finishing 2008) CogX: Cognitive Systems that Self-Understand and Self-Extend (Starting 2008)

A previously advertised post has already been filled. That post was concerned with the learning of affordances of 3-D objects via manipulation.

The second post (Ref S43237) now being advertised, is concerned with planning information processing and information gathering within a cognitive architecture. The person appointed to this post will work on new methods for reasoning and planning about sensing and perceptual processing in a mobile robot able to manipulate objects, with an emphasis on visual processing. One goal of the work will be to develop new methods for choosing sensing actions and making inferences about a scene when the robot has to make decisions about where to look, and what visual processing to perform. Another goal will be to develop new planning techniques that combine the benefits of decision theoretic planning with those of symbolic planning to support a robot that can reason about what it can learn, and cope with uncertainty in action and sensing. Applicants must have a strong background in probabilistic reasoning, and preferably planning algorithms.

Closing date for applications: 23 April 2008 Ref: S43237

Late applications will be considered if the appointments process has not gone too far.

Starting salary will be in the range of GBP 25,134 to 32,796 a year (potential progression on performance once in post to 34,813, or as increased by national academic pay awards.)

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