[Comp-neuro] Robotics and machine learning positions (engineers and postdocs) @ Inria, France

Manuel Lopes manuel.lopes at inria.fr
Fri Sep 13 09:59:45 CEST 2013

The Flowers Team at Inria and Ensta ParisTech (France) is seeking for highly motivated and talented engineers and postdocs interested in the following topics: 

* Machine Learning for Robotics 
* Human-Robot Collaboration and Interfaces 
* Motor control and skill learning 
* Personal robotics 
* Lifelong robot learning in the context of assistive robotics 

The Flowers team is a highly stimulating research environment which has been developing cutting edge research in autonomous robot learning and development, artificial curiosity, imitation learning of motor skills, human-robot adaptive interaction and robot language acquisition. 

Web: http://flowers.inria.fr 

We have currently multiple engineer and postdoc positions funded by several EU-FP7-ICT "Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics" projects: 

* 3 year post-doc 
The candidate must have strong skills in mathematics, machine learning and control theory, and record of publications in relevant conferences (e.g. IROS, ICRA, RSS, NIPS) and journals (e.g. TRO, RAS, TAMD, IJRR, JMLR). Experience on active learning and reinforcement learning will be appreciated. 

* 3 year expert engineer in robotics 
Must have experience in robotics and be capable to conduct complex robotic experiments in an international collaborative project. Programming proficiency in C/C++ and Python. Expertise with real robot systems and the ROS system will be appreciated. 

* 3 year expert engineer in human-machine interface 
Must have experience in developing human-machine interfaces for augmented reality and interaction with virtual worlds. Programming proficiency in C/C++ and Python. 

The candidates will be involved in a european research project on human-robot collaboration, co-working and adaptive interaction. This will also involve close collaborations with several international laboratories, including the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab (IAS) at the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), the Machine Learning & Robotics Lab (Univ. Stuttgart), and the Intelligent Systems group at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). 

To apply send a letter including: 
* detailed CV 
* course transcripts 
* motivation letter 
* internship reports 
Application should be sent by email to Manuel Lopes: manuel.lopes at inria.fr 

Flowers Team: 

About Inria: 
Inria is a major research institution at the international level in applied mathematics and computer sciences. Inriaís 3,400 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future. The institute is dedicated to fundamental and applied research in information and communication science and technology (ICST) but also plays a major role in technology transfer by fostering training through research, disseminating scientific and technical information, and participating in international programs. Inria develops many partnerships with industry and fosters technology transfer and company foundation in the field of ICST - some ninety companies have been founded with the support of Inria Transfer, a subsidiary of Inria, specialized in guiding, evaluating, qualifying, and financing innovative high-tech IT start-up companies. Inria is involved in standardization committees such as the IETF, ISO and the W3C of which Inria was the European host from 1995 to 2002. Throughout its eight research centres located, Inria has a workforce of 3800 (2,800 of whom are scientists from Inria or from Inriaís partner organisations such as CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research), universities and leading engineering schools). The researchers at Inria published over 4,800 articles in 2010. They are behind over 270 active patents and 105 start-ups. In 2010, Inria's budget came to 252.5 million euros, 26% of which represented its own resources. They work in 173 project-teams. Many Inria researchers are also professors who supervise around 1000 doctoral students, their theses work contributing to Inria research projects. 
Inria maintains important international relations and exchanges. In Europe, Inria is a member of ERCIM, which brings together research institutes from 19 European countries. Inria is a partner in about 120 FP6 actions and 128 FP7 actions, with 71 proposals in the ICST field.
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