Postdoctoral Scholarship (2 years) in Robot Learning in Perception

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The Department of Computing Science ( is seeking candidates for a post-doc scholarship within the field of robotics. The department’s robotics group conducts research in field robotics and cognitive robotics. In addition to substantial national funding, large external support comes from the European Council. We coordinate the INTRO project ( and also work within the CROPS project (

Research area
The scholarship is aimed for postdoctoral research related to CROPS, a project aiming at developing agricultural and forestry robots. A major part of the project deals with sensing and perception of fruit, branches, trees, bushes, rocks, and humans. For sensing, a combination of regular RBG cameras, multi-spectral cameras, laser scanners, and depth cameras is used. Machine learning is routinely used for perception, for instance for object detection and classification, but it can also be applied to other related tasks. For instance, an existing detection system can be given capabilities to adapt to new types of objects or new environmental conditions, either by on-line adaption or by off-line learning. Other interesting tasks include algorithms for feature generation, feature selection and classifier fusion. Solutions for these tasks can be either autonomous, or semi-autonomous - combining human intelligence and experience with machine learning power.

The research will be performed jointly with senior researchers and PhD students in the group, as well as with international project partners. The scholarship is for two years and comes with a competitive stipend and insurance cover for medical and dental care, accident, and property. Insurance details can be found at:

About Umeå
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Applicants should have earned a PhD in computer science, robotics, physics, electronics or similar, preferably not more than three years ago. Preference will be given to applicants with documented research experience of machine learning and image analysis. Research interests should match the open research questions outlined above: how to combine machine learning with sensing and perception for field robotics applications. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Ability to conduct independent research and proficiency in program development is considered highly valuable.

Further information
For further information, please contact Assoc. Prof. Thomas Hellström, phone +46-(0)90-786 77 59,

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO civil, +46-(0)90-786 52 96, and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

How to apply
The application should include:
• An introductory letter
• A statement of research interests
• A Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a publication list
• Copies of exam certificates, including documentation of academic courses and obtained grades
• Copies of relevant publications including PhD thesis
• Contact information for 2 to 3 references

Application can be made electronically (MS Word or PDF) or in paper format (one copy). We prefer an electronic application.

Your complete application, marked reference number 223-1721-12, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive September 6, 2012 at the latest.

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