Postdoctoral Research Associate in Artificial Intelligence / Robotics, Autonomous Systems job with ROYAL HOLLOWAY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Computer Science department

Site: Egham
Salary: £ 36,438 to £ 38,516 per year – including the London allowance
Position type: Full time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Friday, November 19, 2021
Reference: 1021-419

Full time, CDD (21 months)

Applications are invited for the postdoctoral research associate position in Artificial Intelligence / Robotics – Autonomous Systems in the Department of Computer Science.

The department, established in 1968 (one of the oldest IT departments in the world), is one of the best IT departments in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), it ranked 11th for the quality of research results, with one-third of publications recognized as top-notch and another half of international excellence (87% at total). The department is home to outstanding researchers in the fields of algorithms and complexity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, bioinformatics, and distributed and global computing. Over the past five years, the department has embarked on an ambitious expansion plan: fifteen new academic staff have been appointed, new integrated undergraduate and master’s programs have been created, and five new postgraduate education programs. cycle have been launched. The department is involved in multiple inter / multidisciplinary activities, from electrical engineering to psychology and social sciences.

The position is funded by the two-year Innovate UK grant “Squads of Adaptive Robots (SoAR)”, held by Professor Sara Bernardini, under the “Autonomous Submarines: Next Generation Technologies” program. The project will be carried out by a consortium comprising industry (Sonardyne, Planet Ocean and HydroSurv Unmanned Survey), research institutes (National Oceanography Center) and end users (Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult). SoAR aims to bring about a fundamental change in the use of marine robotics through the networking of heterogeneous fleets of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and unmanned surface vehicles supervised by an autonomy engine at the level of the fleet capable of adaptive mission planning. The project will develop and demonstrate adaptive and risk-aware mission planning and control for a heterogeneous fleet of robots underpinned by an ambitious autonomy engine enabling adaptive decision-making. The innovation within this project will lead to a major shift in the ability of users to deploy multiple robots to accomplish tasks quickly, dramatically reducing the time, cost and risk of data collection. The project will deliver the next generation of autonomous submarine systems, capable of collaborating and ensuring a persistent presence, completing tasks in significantly shorter time frames than today’s standard approaches. Designed around the immediate needs of the offshore wind sector, with end users like Orsted already engaged, the technology will be easily transferable to a wide range of applications, including defense, aquaculture and deep sea mining.

Successful applicants will have a PhD or equivalent, a strong research record in artificial intelligence and / or robotics, and a keen interest in practice-oriented research. Experts in autonomous systems, agent / multi-agent systems, AI planning, cognitive robotics, autonomous navigation and exploration are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience in working with industry or contributing to outreach activities would also be valuable. The duties and responsibilities of this position include conducting individual and collaborative research on project themes, developing software according to project needs, writing reports on project progress and producing high results. quality for high quality publication. profile reviews or conference proceedings.

In return, we offer a very competitive set of rewards and benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Pension plan with generous employer contribution
  • Various programs including Cycle to Work, Season Pass Loans, and Eye Test Cost Assistance.
  • Free parking

The position is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is located on a beautiful leafy campus near Windsor Great Park and just minutes from London.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position (extensions are possible), available from December 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For an informal discussion of the position, please contact Professor Sara Bernardini on [email protected] or + 44-1784-276792.

To view more details on this position and to apply, please visit For any questions about the application process, the Human Resources department can be contacted by email at: [email protected]

Royal Holloway recognizes the importance of helping its employees achieve a work-life balance by providing flexible working arrangements. We are happy to consider a request for flexible work for this position, including part time, job sharing or compressed working hours.

Please quote the reference: 1021-419

Closing Date: Midnight, November 19, 2021

Date of interview: W / C November 29, 2021

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