Two Research Posts Birmingham UK: EC Cognitive Systems Robotic project


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Research Fellows (2 Posts) on EC-Funded 'Cognitive Systems' Integrated Project

Applications are invited for two experienced researchers to work on an ambitious seven partner EC-funded project (CoSy: Cognitive Systems for Cognitive Assistants). The whole project will involve upward of twenty people including partners working in robotics, natural language, experimental and developmental psychology, computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The work at Birmingham will involve designing and implementing mechanisms and a cognitive architecture for a robot that sees, manipulates and talks about objects on a table. Much of the emphasis at Birmingham will be on developing and implementing architectures that allow us to integrate the various components of an intelligent system.

The aim of the whole project is to investigate ways of developing physically embodied robots that combine perception, learning, reasoning, planning, acting, communication and self-awareness in an integrated architecture.

One of the posts will require some robotics experience. The remit of the project is, however, very broad so people with experience in any area of AI are encouraged to apply. Relevant areas include, but are not limited to: reasoning, representation, architectures, learning, natural language understanding, robotics, and computer vision.

Further details of the project and a draft description of work to be done in Birmingham can be found at:

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A job specification with instructions for applicants is available at
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Informal enquiries can be made to the two Principal Investigators at Birmingham: Dr Jeremy Wyatt or Professor Aaron Sloman

Starting salary: on scale £21,852 - £31,715 a year depending on experience and qualifications, with potential progression to £36,464. (Scales are currently under review).

Likely starting date for the project is: 1 September 2004.

Appointments will be for a period of 18 months initially, with an expected extension to 48 months (standard EC procedure).

Application forms are returnable by 10th June 2004, though late applicants may be considered.

Further enquiries and requests for application forms may be made to

Personnel Services, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.

Tel: +44 121 415 9000 Email: Ms. Jo Gerald Web:

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Please quote reference S36732 in all communications.

Working towards equal opportunities. ==== Aaron Sloman, (

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