[Comp-neuro] PhD scholarships: Evolution of Communication in Robot
Steffen.Wischmann at unil.ch
Thu Jan 31 11:15:36 CET 2008
Applications are invited for two PhD scholarships within the project
"Evolution of Communication in Robot Societies" at the Laboratory of
Intelligent Systems, EPFL, Lausanne (http://lis.epfl.ch).
The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the Department
of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Lausanne. The aim of the
project is to use a combination of methods borrowed from biology to
study the evolution of cooperation and communication in animal societies
and of methods borrowed from engineering to carry out artificial
evolution in robot colonies. This interdisciplinary approach will shed
light on the evolution of communication in animals for which there is no
fossil record and provide guidelines for the design of robots and
algorithms that can spontaneously engage in communication and social
interactions in partially unknown and dynamic environments (see, for
instance, Floreano et al., Current Biology, 17, 2007).
In order to be eligible for a PhD curriculum, candidates must be
accepted by the EPFL doctoral program in Computer, Communication, and
Information Sciences. Further information and online application forms
are available at http://phd.epfl.ch/page55508.html In the application
form, please mention the name of Prof. Dario Floreano and of the project.
Interested applicants should also e-mail pdf files with a curriculum
vitae, a statement of interest, and contact addresses of at least two
reference persons to Dario.Floreano at epfl.ch Please mention the name of
the project in the subject field of the e-mail.
Successful candidates are expected to work systematically on
theories/models in the above mentioned interdisciplinary areas and to
conduct robotic experiments. Prior knowledge in related fields of
interest and good programming skills will be an advantage. Candidates
must have a good command of the English language and a strong commitment
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