PostDoctoral position on low-latency vision for autonomous robotics - [ Postdoc ]

Added on: 11/01/2019 - Expires on 05/06/2019

The Event-Driven Perception for Robotics (EDPR) Research Line ( at the iCub facility – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) – is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow in the area of low-latency vision for autonomous robots.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic postdoc who will join our team to develop algorithms for low-latency and high-speed vision for motion estimation and 3D object tracking. In particular, the candidate will be in a unique position to exploit recent advances in machine learning and more traditional computer vision techniques, in combination with novel biologically “event-driven” inspired sensors. 

The candidate will take an “event-driven” approach to robotics, in which sensor signals are not sampled at a fixed rate, but specialised sensor electronics output only when there is a significant change. The signal is therefore highly-compressed, has a low-latency, high dynamic range, and can represent signal frequencies on the order of megahertz. An example of the event-driven camera can be seen here (

The event-driven sensors propose a challenge as they require a completely new approach to processing, and we expect the candidate to have a strong knowledge base of a relevant field such as machine learning and computer vision, and also an open-mind to the paradigm shift that comes with event-driven robotics.

The EDPR group is part of the iCub Facility and the candidate will be using event-driven robotics to improve the speed, accuracy, robustness and computational usage for the visual processing required for autonomous humanoid robots.

For more details on the position, write to, and for more information on EDPR watch

Required qualifications:

  • M. Sc. in Computer science, Physics or related fields;
  • PhD in computer science, robotics, computer vision or related fields
  • Ability to analyse, improve and propose new algorithms/solutions;
  • Good programming skills;
  • Good communication skills and ability to cooperate within a team;
  • Creative, proactive and collaborative attitude.

Desirable skills:

  • Outstanding technical skills and excellent overall score in master classes;
  • Background and/or previous experience in a field among modelling, machine learning, robotics, computer vision, event-driven or spike-based computation;
  • Familiarity with robotic middleware (e.g. YARP, ROS) and development tools (e.g. CMake and Git);
  • Knowledge of Computer Vision and OpenCV library.

The successful candidate will be offered a salary commensurate to experience and skills.

Expected start date could be July 2019.

Please apply by June 5th, 2019, by sending your application to quoting exactly BC76325 – JP14 Low-latency 3D object tracking for autonomous robotics in the e-mail subject. Your application shall contain a detailed CV, a research statement, and the contact information of two references.

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