EU Project INPUT: PhD Student Position in Juergen Schmidhuber's lab
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Very Deep Learning since 1991
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EU Project INPUT: PhD Student Position in Jürgen Schmidhuber's lab

We have an open PhD position in the machine learning team of the European Union (H2020) Research Project Intuitive Natural Prosthesis Utilization (INPUT). The project goal is to develop an advanced hand prosthesis that can be controlled by residual muscular activity (electromyography - EMG), allowing to robustly and intuitively perform natural movements with multiple simultaneous degrees of freedom. IDSIA is in charge of the neural-network based signal processing of the EMG data, innovative user-training, and implementation on a microcontroller for patient tests and hands-on experimentation, in close collaboration with European partners.

We are looking for outstanding candidates with interest / background in machine learning and deep learning neural networks, and ideally some experience with bio-signal processing. You will have the opportunity to work on a challenging real-life machine learning task, and you will also collaborate with other lab members on other projects - we are one big family! Starting as soon as possible, the position will initially be for two years, with potential prolongation afterward.

We have direct access to the fastest supercomputer in the Western world (and the world's 3rd fastest, as of June 2017), with over 5000 GPUs, also based in Lugano, Switzerland.

PhD student salary: Initially CHF 46'000 per year. Low Swiss taxes. There is travel funding in case of papers accepted at important conferences. There are also exciting connections to the world of AI startups.

There is an opportunity to participate in teaching courses (in English) on machine learning, in Switzerland's first A.I. Master's degree program at the University of Lugano. Official language at IDSIA is English.

INSTRUCTIONS: Submit your CV, a brief statement of research interests explaining why exactly you'd like to work with us, and a list of 3 references and their email addresses to (Do not send articles or transcripts or other large files - they will be deleted.) In the subject header, mention your full name followed by the keyword eu2018, and add "PhD". For example, if your name is Jo Mo, and you are applying as a PhD student, use subject: Jo Mo eu2018 PhD. We will continually evaluate applications until all positions are filled, which may take a while - we will occasionally update this web site.

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The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA was the smallest of the world's top ten AI labs listed in the 1997 "X-Lab Survey" by Business Week magazine. IDSIA's most important work was done after 1997 though. As of March 2017, the four most valuable public companies in the world (Apple, Alphabet/Google, Microsoft, Amazon) are heavily using IDSIA's deep learning algorithms. IDSIA won many international pattern recognition competitions, for example, the first official computer vision contests won by deep CNNs. Its highly cited Ant Colony 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 Universal Artificial Intelligence and self-referential Universal Problem Solvers (previous work on general AI was dominated by heuristics). IDSIA's artificial Recurrent Neural Networks learn to solve numerous previous unlearnable sequence processing tasks through gradient descent, Artificial Evolution and other methods. In particular, IDSIA's LSTM RNNs are now available to billions of smartphone users, e.g., for speech recognition, or machine translation through Google Translate. Research topics also include complexity and generalization issues, unsupervised learning and information theory, forecasting, learning robots. 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. IDSIA is affiliated with the University of Lugano (USI) and USI's Faculty of Informatics and SUPSI. Many IDSIA alumni went on to become professors. Google DeepMind is heavily influenced by our former students: DeepMind's first PhDs in AI and Machine Learning came from our lab, one of them co-founder, one of them first employee; others joined later. IDSIA is located just outside the beautiful city of Lugano in Ticino (pics), the scenic southern Swiss province. Milano, Italy's center of fashion and finance, is 1 hour away, Venice 3 hours.

Switzerland is the world's leading science nation. It is the origin of special relativity (1905) and the 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, the most cited single-author paper, etc, etc. As of 2016, Switzerland is the world's most competitive country for the 7th year in a row, according to the World Economic Forum. It's also the happiest country (1990s average), according to the Happiness Foundation. More.


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