Applications are invited for a fully funded UK/EU PhD studentship, on the topic of active vision for robotics. The successful candidate will develop vision-based robotic exploration and manipulation algorithms, for use in cluttered and low-visibility environments.

This research will be part of a new EPSRC Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Hub, addressing the management of legacy nuclear waste, which is coordinated by the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics. The PhD position will be based in the Advanced Robotics group (ARQ) at QMUL, with access to state of the art equipment for sensing and robotics (including lidar and stereo systems, a UR5 robot arm, and an Allegro robot hand). The successful candidate will be co-supervised by Dr Miles Hansard and Dr Lorenzo Jamone, in the School of EECS. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other members of the EPSRC Hub, including Prof Gerhard Neumann at the University of Lincoln.

Candidates should have a first class honours degree or equivalent (and preferably a Masters degree) in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field. Strong programming skills in C++, Matlab, or Python are essential. Knowledge of one or more of the following is desirable: multiple view geometry, reinforcement / deep learning, optimization algorithms, kinematics, depth cameras, spatial statistics, Linux, ROS.

Informal enquiries can be made by email to Dr Miles Hansard (miles.hansard@qmul.ac.uk).

To apply please follow the on-line process http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/ by selecting 'Computer Science' in the 'A-Z list of research opportunities' and following the instructions on the right hand side of the web page.

Please note that instead of the 'Research Proposal' we request a 'Statement of Research Interests'. Your Statement of Research Interest should answer two questions: (i) Why are you interested in the proposed area? (ii) What is your experience in the proposed area? Your statement should be brief: no more than 500 words or one side of A4 paper. In addition we would also like you to send a sample of your written work. This might be a chapter of your final year dissertation, or a published conference or journal paper. More details can be found at: http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd/apply.php

The closing date for applications is January 31st, 2018, followed by interviews in February. The starting date of the position will be subject to agreement.