January 2004: position filled by Faustino Gomez.
Jürgen Schmidhuber was offering a
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POSITION (8 months)

(prolongation possible)
We have 8 months of funding for an outstanding postdoc (or other type of visitor) interested in reinforcement learning, adaptive robotics, recurrent networks, general optimal search methods, program evolution, and cognitive science. He/she will interact with our colleagues at CSEM's microrobotics department, with whom we are building learning robots.

Possible start: May 2004. End: December 2004, with possibility of prolongation for another year or more. Salary: roughly SFR 72,000 per year, or US$ 56,700 as of Jan 2004; low taxes.

Applicants should submit as soon as possible: (i) Curriculum vitae, (ii) List of three references and their email addresses, (iii) Brief statement on how their research interests fit the topics above.

Applications in plain ASCII format (plain text files!) can be submitted by email to juergen@idsia.ch. Small PDF attachments are ok (but no .doc files, please). Do NOT send large files; instead send WWW pointers.

In your email application, please connect your first and last name by a dot "." in the subject header, and add a meaningful extension. For instance, if your name is John Smith, then your messages could have headers such as:
subject: John.Smith.txt,
subject: John.Smith.cv.txt...

This will facilitate appropriate filing of your stuff. Thanks a lot!

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IDSIA's research focuses on optimal universal search algorithms (e.g., OOPS), artificial neural networks, universal predictors and reinforcement learners, complexity and generalization issues, unsupervised learning and information theory, forecasting, artificial ants and combinatorial optimization, evolutionary computation. IDSIA is small but visible, competitive, and influential. Its algorithms hold the world records for several important operations research benchmarks (e.g., see NATURE 406(6791):39-42 for an overview of IDSIA's artificial ant algorithms). Some of IDSIA's results were reviewed not only in science journals such as Nature, Science, Scientific American, but also in the popular press, including TIME magazine, the New York Times, der SPIEGEL, and many others.
IDSIA was the smallest of the world's top ten AI labs listed in the 1997 "X-Lab Survey" by Business Week magazine, and ranked in fourth place in the category "COMPUTER SCIENCE - BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED." Our most important work was done after 1997 though.

Some previous IDSIA postdocs who went on to become professors

Switzerland is a good place for scientists. It is the origin of special relativity (1905) and World Wide Web (1990), is associated with 105 Nobel laureates, boasts by far the most Nobel prizes per capita (450% of US value), the highest citation impact factor, and the highest supercomputing capacity per capita.
IDSIA is located near the beautiful city of Lugano in Ticino (pictures), the scenic southernmost province of Switzerland. Milano, Italy's center of fashion and finance, is 1 hour away, Venice 3 hours.
For decades, Switzerland has been world's richest nation . It also got the highest ranking in the World Database of Happiness.