Two Research Fellowships on EU Cognitive Robotics Projects at University of Birmingham, UK

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
TWO RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS TO WORK ON COGNITIVE ROBOTICS PROJECTS
Applications are invited for two Research Fellowships, starting as
soon as possible after 1 February 2008 on a project due to end on 30 June 2012. The posts are to work on two major EU funded projects: CoSy: Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants, and CogX: Cognitive Systems that Self-Understand and Self-Extend.
The first post (Ref S43238) will be concerned with the learning of affordances of objects via simple manipulation. The work will in the later stages look at modular motor learning as a framework for carrying out this activity. The research will be concerned with integrating novel methods in computer vision with manipulation abilities to allow the robot to acquire knowledge about the behaviour of objects by experimental manipulation. Applicants must have a strong background in robotic manipulation and computer vision. Further details and instructions for applicants are available here: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogx/jobs/rf08/cogx_advert.php
The second post (Ref S43237) will be 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. Further details and instructions for applicants are available here: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogx/jobs/rf08/cogx_advert.php
If appointed, you will work in a team of six researchers at Birmingham and along with partner groups in five other universities. The CoSy project is described at the following sites: http://www.cognitivesystems.org/ and http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cosy /
Information on the CogX project is available at http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogx http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/robotics /
The Intelligent Robotics Lab is a growing centre for research in robotics, cognition and machine learning in the UK. We collaborate with engineers, psychologists and biologists to develop new ideas and techniques. The group currently has 13 members, including 3 faculty, 4 postdoctoral researchers and six doctoral students, and holds over 1.9m pounds in external research funding. As part of your duties you will also be encouraged to contribute to grant writing, and setting the research agenda for the future work of the group. Strong communication and management skills are therefore essential.
You must hold or be working towards the achievement of a PhD in Computer Science, AI, Cognitive Science, Engineering or a related subject, OR equivalent research experience, including if possible robotics/vision research experience and linux expertise. In exceptional circumstances we will consider appointment from someone in a related field with relevant experience, such as Psychology or Neuroscience. You will need excellent programming skills, in C/C++ or Java, together with the ability to engineer software to very high standards of reliability.
Informal enquiries (preferably by email) to Dr Jeremy Wyatt email: snipped-for-privacy@cs.bham.ac.uk tel.: +44 121 414 4788, http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jlw /
Dr Richard Dearden email: snipped-for-privacy@cs.bham.ac.uk tel.:+44 121 414 6687 http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~rwd / or Prof Aaron Sloman email: snipped-for-privacy@cs.bham.ac.uk tel.: +44 121 414 4775 http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~axs /
Standard information required by applicants is explained in this document: http://www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs/documents/ApplicantInfo.pdf
Please provide additional information that you think is relevant, including information about how you think you can contribute to the CogX project, and URLs for relevant recent publications you have written.
The standard application form may be obtained, in various formats, at this site: http://www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs/applying.shtml
Please, if possible fill in the electronic form and submit it electronically, with additional attachments if necessary.
Applications should be sent, preferably by email to Ms. Jo Gerald, email: snipped-for-privacy@bham.ac.uk tel.: +44 121 414 7415. Postal address is Ms Jo Gerald, Human Resources, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom.
Please also send an email copy of your application if possible to Dr Wyatt, Prof Sloman and Dr Dearden.
Appointment will be until 30 September 2009 in the first instance, with a view to extension until June 30 2012 subject to the normal requirements of successful project reviews and funding.
Starting salaries for both posts will be in the range of 25,134 to 32,796 a year (potential progression on performance once in post to 34,813)
Closing date for applications: 9 January 2008 Refs: S43238 & S43237
Late applications will be considered if the appointments process has not gone too far.
Details may also be requested from +44 121 415 9000 http://www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs HR, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
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