Oct 25 update: the positions are filled! We hired Wierstra and Gloye, head of the 2004 robocup world champion. Thanks a lot to all the outstanding applicants. We hope we'll be able to offer new positions next year! Jürgen Schmidhuber
robot from the SWARMBOT project

Positions in
Robot Learning:
1 Postdoc &
1 PhD student

(22 months; prolongation possible)

Finally confirmed on 6 Sept 04!

We are seeking one outstanding postdoc and one outstanding PhD student interested in adaptive robotics and reinforcement learning and recurrent neural networks and hierarchical learning and curiosity- driven learning. Both will interact with colleagues in a European STREP project on robot learning. Goal: to build robots that learn to achieve rewards.

No teaching required - just research. The official language at IDSIA is English.

Possible start: not earlier than October 2004, but probably later due to the delayed funding confirmation. Salary commensurate with experience: Postdoc roughly SFR 72,000 per year, or US$ 56,500 as of Mar 2004. PhD student: roughly SFR 35,000 per year, or US$ 27,400 as of Mar 2004. Low taxes. There is travel funding in case of papers accepted at important conferences. Prolongation possible.

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.

CSEM's Pele robot
Submit your application in plain ASCII format (plain text files!) by email to juergen@idsia.ch. Small PDF attachments are ok (but no .doc files, please). Do NOT send large files; instead send URLs. In the subject header, please mention your name and the keyword strep2004. For example, if your name is John Smith, use subject: John Smith strep2004. Early applicants (who applied before funding confirmation): please send a message indicating you are still interested, possibly with an updated CV.
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IDSIA's research focuses on optimal universal search algorithms (e.g., Gödel machine & OOPS), artificial recurrent 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.
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Some previous IDSIA postdocs who went on to become professors

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