Fully funded PhD position in Neural Learning / Robotics / Evolutionary Neural Networks

A fully funded PhD position is available at the Computer Science Department, School of Science, Loughborough University, UK, on the topics of Neural Learning / Robotics / Evolutionary Neural Networks.

Loughborough University is ranked 11th in the 2016 UK League Table Ranking (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/loughborough/performance , and is located in Loughborough, a town well connected to London by a 1h20m journey by train.

Research.The focus is on developing new neural learning algorithms with possible applications to a variety of automation and machine learning problems, e.g. vision, robotics, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing technology. We seek an outstanding candidate, capable of defining their own research project and bringing novel ideas and initiatives to the lab.

Working environment. The student, based at the Computer Science Department, School of Science, will have access to a number of robotic platforms, from humanoid robots, to UAVs and a number of industrial and service robots, as well as a High Performance Computing cluster and GPUs. Research is conducted with the Intelligent Interactive System Division in the department of Computer Science, but also within the cross-department interest group on Deep Automation, Learning and Evolution. The group has access to laboratories across campus including the Intelligent Automation Lab (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering), research groups in Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, and the Centre for Information Management. The department collaborates with leading national and international industrial partners.

Requirements. The ideal candidate holds (or is about to obtain) a first-class honour undergraduate/postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, or has authored publications in recognised conferences/journals. Independent working skills are valued as well as the capability of working in a team. Collegiality and interpersonal skills are essential. Excellent English language skills are highly desired (see requirements here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/index.htm)

Period/Scholarship.

Start: October 2015.
Duration: 3 years.
Scholarship: £14,057 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,052 p.a.)
Application deadline: 12 July.

Enquiries and applications. Interested candidates are invited to establish a preliminary contact with me (a.soltoggio@lboro.ac.uk), possibly including a CV, the names and addresses of two referees, and a statement of research interest (maximum 300 words), before submitting the full application at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/

 

Best regards,

Andrea Soltoggio

Dr.  Andrea Soltoggio

Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence

Department of Computer Science

Haslegrave Building, N.2.03

Loughborough University

LE11 3TU, UK

 

Phone: +44 (0) 1509 635748

Email: a.soltoggio@lboro.ac.uk

Web: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/compsci/staff/dr-andrea-soltoggio.html

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