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2009-2010: 10 new IDSIA JOBS - 5 Postdocs & 5 PhD students in Machine Learning & Cognitive Robotics
at Jürgen Schmidhuber's lab,
initially for 2-3 years, with possibility of prolongation.
Update of August 2011:
All positions are filled!
Update of August 2010:
We conducted lots of interviews at IDSIA (compare recent
IDSIA seminar list) and in the US and Europe,
at the Singularity Summit in NYC (3-4 Oct 2009) and at the EUCogII meeting in Hamburg (10-11 Oct 2009) and at CogSys 2010 (Zurich, Jan 27-28), EUCogII 2010 (Zurich, Jan 29), and
AGI 2010 in Lugano.
We have filled almost all of the positions,
and are proceeding much more
slowly now, hoping
to find just a few more additional researchers who have
exactly the profile necessary to complement the already
New applicants should file their applications under keyword
Don't hesitate to contact us if you
happen to visit nearby areas and would like to stop by at IDSIA.
The Robot Learning Group at IDSIA is currently expanding.
We are seeking 5 outstanding postdocs and 5 excellent PhD students
with experience / interest in topics such as
curiosity-driven learning & intrinsic motivations based on our theory of surprise and interestingness,
computer vision, building 3D models from 3D scanners or from visual and other inputs,
reinforcement learning & policy gradients
for partially observable environments,
recurrent neural networks (RNN),
hierarchical reinforcement learning,
statistical / Bayesian approaches to machine learning,
universal learning machines.
Goal: to improve the state of the art in adaptive robotics and machine learning in general,
in both theory and practice.
Most of the funding is provided by three new EU projects,
one on developmental robotics with adaptive iCub humanoids
supposed to explore the world like little infants, one on learning to control
with antagonistic & stiff muscles,
and another one on virtual avatars
learning to act convincingly while being interviewed by humans.
But all postdocs and students will interact with each other and resident IDSIAni -
we are one big family!
Our international project partners include neuroscientists,
mathematicians, psychologists, roboticists, and other
experts from Germany, the UK, Italy, Scandinavia, and the US.
Salary commensurate with
experience. Postdoc ~ SFR 72,000 / year (~ US$ 91,000 / year as of 16 August 2011);
PhD student ~ SFR 40,800 / year (~ US$ 51,000).
Low taxes! There is travel funding in case of papers accepted at important conferences.
Start: at flexible times throughout 2009 and 2010.
Teaching? There is an opportunity to
participate in teaching courses (in English) on robotics or machine learning etc.
at the University of Lugano.
was the smallest of the world's top ten AI labs listed in the
"X-Lab Survey" by Business Week magazine,
and ranked in fourth place in the category "Computer Science -
Biologically Inspired". IDSIA's most important
work was done after 1997 though.
It is small but visible, competitive, and influential.
For example, its highly cited
Optimization Algorithms broke numerous benchmark records and
are now widely used in industry for routing, logistics etc (today
entire conferences specialize on Artificial Ants).
IDSIA is also the origin of the first mathematical theory of optimal
Artificial Intelligence and self-referential
Universal Problem Solvers (previous work on general
AI was dominated by heuristics).
Recurrent Neural Networks
learn to solve numerous previous unlearnable sequence processing
tasks through gradient descent,
Evolution and other methods.
Research topics also include
complexity and generalization issues,
unsupervised learning and information theory,
IDSIA's results were reviewed not only in
science journals such as Nature, Science, Scientific American,
but also in numerous popular press articles in
TIME magazine, the New York Times,
der SPIEGEL, and many others. Numerous TV shows on Tech & Science
helped to popularize IDSIA's achievements.
Instructions. Submit your CV, a brief statement of
research interests, and a list of 3 references and their
email addresses to
Do NOT send preprints or other large files; instead send URLs.
In the subject header,
mention your full name, the keyword eu2009,
and either phd or postdoc.
For example, if your name is Jo Mo, and you are applying
for a PhD fellowship, use
subject: Jo Mo phd eu2009
(BTW, there are additional PhD jobs financed by USI which also may indirectly
lead to supervision by JS.)
IDSIA's location: just outside the beautiful city of Lugano in Ticino
the scenic southern Swiss province. Milano, Italy's center of fashion
and finance, is 1 hour away, Venice 3 hours.
IDSIA is affiliated with
the University of Lugano (USI)
and USI's Faculty of Informatics
It has strong ties to the
TU Munich lab of cognitive robotics
at TUM Computer Science.
some IDSIA alumni
who went on to become profs.
Official language at
Additional jobs in the lab of JS at IDSIA:
Three Postdocs and several PhD students.
Older jobs (filled):
1 postdoc in biologically
plausible reinforcement learning.
2 Postdocs in handwriting recognition,
1 Postdoc in medical image analysis;
1 PhD fellowship in evolutionary computation;
1 PhD student in biologically plausible reinforcement learning.
Switzerland is a good place for scientists.
It is the origin of special relativity (1905)
World Wide Web (1990),
is associated with 105 Nobel laureates, and
boasts far more Nobel prizes per capita than any other nation.
It also has the world's highest number of publications per capita,
the highest number of patents per capita,
the highest citation impact factor,
most cited single-author paper,
As of 2009/2010, Switzerland is again the world's most
competitive country, according to the World Economic Forum. It
also got the
highest ranking in the
list of happiest countries (1990s average), according to the Happiness Foundation.
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