Research Fellow: Information Theory for AI and Robotics

University of Hertfordshire - School of Computer Science

Salary: £32,004 - £38,183 per annum, dependent on skills and experience.

Grade: UH7

FTE: Full Time, working 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

Duration of Contract: 5 years from October 2017

Qualifications required:

Very strong PhD degree in a quantitative research-oriented discipline, examples are computer science, mathematics or physics, excellent programming skills in at least one major computer language (essential), and very strong mathematical background, with particular emphasis on the areas of probabilistic modeling, information theory, and/or stochastic control.

Description of the research activity and area:

The research will comprise information-theoretic approaches to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics problems; this will include, but not be limited, to established routes such as intrinsic motivation generation, together with curious behaviour generation using informational principles, control under informational constraints, novel directions in utilizing information-theoretic methodologies for principled approaches to cognitive modeling, both for the theoretical analysis and the construction (in simulation or hardware) of intelligent sensorimotor systems.

The research is based in the SEPIA (Sensor Evolution, Processing, Information and Actuation) unit, which has a very strong international profile in principled, especially informational, methods in Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life. The group’s facilities include a RoboCup lab equipped with humanoid robots, playing fields, and 3D printing facilities; there will be the opportunity to collaborate with the RoboCup team, and EU Horizon 2020-funded projects socSMCs and WiMUST.

The candidate is expected to regularly publish papers in high-tier outlets (journals and conferences) and contribute to the REF outputs of the School.

In accord with the CONCORDAT for professional development of researchers, the candidate may be afforded the opportunity to undertake a limited amount of appropriate teaching (upon mutual agreement).

Skills and experience needed:

The Fellow will have established him/herself as an independent researcher, capable of establishing a programme of research activity within the scope of the project. S/he will have excellent oral and written communication skills in both spoken and written English and a track record of publications in high impact journals. The Fellow will be expected to build capacity in the area of Information Theory and participate in attracting external funding, previous success being a desirable attribute. S/he should be able to establish good working relationships, and work closely with members of the Centre and the broader School of Computer Science, at the University of Hertfordshire and with partner organisations as appropriate. The fellow should have Knowledge of research methodology appropriate for the subject area and Knowledge of appropriate databases for the discipline and ability to conduct literature searches in the discipline using appropriate electronic resources.

Contact: Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Daniel Polani, email: tel: +44 1707 284380

Closing Date: 21 August 2017

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.

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