Future robots need to possess human-like capabilities in areas such as perception, decision making, and reasoning. The Intelligent Robotics group (https://irobotics.aalto.fi) at Aalto University’s School of Electrical Engineering works actively to develop intelligent robotic systems with a particular emphasis on methods and systems that cope with imperfect knowledge and uncertain sensors. The research environment provides excellent opportunities for open-minded co-operation with highly motivated research staff as well as with top national and international partners, and access to state-of-the-art robot platforms. We are also deeply involved in a university-wide autonomous driving initiative (https://acas.fi/alex). The group is highly international, and the working language is English.
We are seeking excellent candidates at doctoral student level to participate in two recently awarded new research endeavors: (1) learning good and safe policies from expert demonstrations to use in assistance systems for novice users; (2) developing AI-based control strategies for autonomous vehicles in which CO2 emissions are minimized. Methodological contexts in the projects include a combination of reinforcement learning, inverse reinforcement learning, imitation learning, and learning from demonstration. Both projects involve academic collaboration with top partners and industry collaboration within autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles.
What we expect from you
Candidates should have a M.Sc. or equivalent degree. Suitable disciplines include Robotics, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Control Engineering, Mechatronics, and Applied Mathematics. The candidate should have strong analytical and writing skills. Expertise in machine learning is valued. Candidates are expected to also have good programming and mathematical skills as well as be fluent in spoken and written English, demonstrated by a language test certificate.
The appointment is available immediately. The position is fixed-term and filled initially for 1 year with an option for extension until the end of 4-year PhD studies. The salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University. Employment includes occupational health and social security benefits.
Ready to apply?
To apply for the positions, send the documents indicated below (in English, compiled in a single PDF) using the on-line recruitment system.
The documents required are:
1) a short free-form application/motivation letter
2) a Curriculum Vitae (with contact details)
3) names and contact information (email) of at least two references
4) transcript of records (courses and grades)
5) degree certificate (with translation into English if needed)
6) a list of publications (if available)
7) link to electronic copy of Master’s thesis
The call will be closed on May 31, but we will start processing applications immediately. All applicants will be notified on the decisions.