[Comp-neuro] Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Stirling University in Scotland (UK)

Dr Amir Hussain ahu at cs.stir.ac.uk
Fri Nov 5 12:12:18 CET 2010

The Cognitive Signal Image Processing Research (COSIPRA) Laboratory of Dr. Amir Hussain at the University of Stirling in Scotland (UK), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project "Dual Process Control Models in the Brain and Machines with Application to Autonomous Vehicle Control".

The general aim of this three year multi-disciplinary project is to exploit a range of similarities between systems in control engineering and the animal brain, focusing specifically on the concepts of automatised and controlled (or executive) processing and how they might map onto modular Autonomous Vehicle Control (AVC) solutions.

Given the inherent similarities between the two problem domains of AVC and action selection in animals, this ambitious project aims to leverage new results from psychology and neurobiology discovered in the laboratory of the project Co-Investigator (Prof Kevin Gurney at The University of Sheffield) and apply them to the AVC controllers under development in Dr Hussain's Lab at Stirling. The outcome should be a new generation real-time cognitive AVC controller, more directly inspired by the biological ideas. The appointed postdoctoral researcher will work closely with the project's industrial partners (Industrial Systems Control and SciSys Ltd.) to evaluate the benefits of these novel controllers within the challenging context of regular road driving and planetary rover vehicles.

The post-doctoral fellow will be based full-time in Dr. Hussain's COSIPRA Lab, which is part of the Computational Intelligence Research Group of the Department of Computing Science & Maths within the University's new School of Natural Sciences. COSIPRA is a leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of cognitive modeling, simulation and control of complex systems. Details about the Department can be found at: htt://www.cs.stir.ac.uk  and about the COSIPRA Lab: http://cosipra.cs.stir.ac.uk

Applicants will be working in the field of intelligent adaptive control engineering (or a closely related discipline), and should ideally have some experience of biologically-inspired modelling. The post is full time for 3 years starting from 1st February 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary  will be in the post-doctoral RA scale (Grade 7: UK pounds sterling 29,853-35,646 p.a.)  

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the project's Principal Inestigator: Dr Amir Hussain ahu at cs.stir.ac.uk

Please include in your subject heading: EPSRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Cognitive Control of Autonomous Systems, Ref: 16906. To formally apply for this post, a completed application form (which can be obtained by emailing: hr-services at stir.ac.uk) quoting reference number 16906; a CV listing all publications; a pdf of up to three representative publications and a research statement describing your previous research experience, outlining the relevance to this project, needs to be submitted to: hr-services at stir.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 6th December 2010. Applications received after this time may not be considered.

*Please note that applications will be rejected if they do not include a completed application form.*
Interviews are expected to be held before the New Year.

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