[ros-users] [Jobs] Open PhD Positions at QUT, Brisbane, Australia

Markus Eich markus.eich at qut.edu.au
Mon Aug 3 00:22:40 UTC 2015

Two PhD positions are available at the Robotics Group and the CoE for 
Robotic Vision, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

*1 PhD Position available: Human Robot Interaction based on Vision*

The key idea is to use visual cues to understand human intentions during 
a manual task, e.g. assembling object, preparing food, etc. By observing 
a human, a robot should be able to assist a human similar to a theatre 
nurse during a surgery. The robot observers and anticipates the next 
step. This needs an understanding of human tasks on a semantic level, 
consisting of actions applied to objects. An internal (semantic) action 
plan of such a process is needed ant the robot should be able to 
localize the current executed action within the task network and be able 
to learn new actions be observation. One approach could be, e.g. to link 
robot and human actions to symbols and vice versa.

*1 PhD Position available: Semantic 3D Scene understanding*

Object detection in computer vision has made a significant progress due 
to the renaissance of neural networks and deep learning. The drawback of 
such approaches are still that huge datasets have to be processed and it 
is difficult to add knowledge to the network without retaining at least 
some layers of the network. Neural networks are still a black box and it 
is hard to extract symbolic knowledge about the scene from the network. 
This project will deal with the question of how semantic knowledge, 
using Ontologies, Bayesian networks, etc. about shape, features, 
structures co-appearances, to reason about what a robot sees. Eg. A cup 
is perceived by a Neural Network hanging from a ceiling which is very 
likely to be misclassified. What can semantic knowledge tell the robot 
about the usual appearances of cups and what about things hanging from a 
ceiling and where does the knowledge come from? Can a knowledge base 
trigger also robotic actions if a correctly classified object does not 
belong there?

More informations about how to apply, scholarships, eligibility etc. can 
be found at:


Applicants can only! apply using our online application system.


Questions (no applications!) regarding the two positions mentioned above 
can be send to

markus.eich at qut.edu.au with the subject [PhD]

Kind regards,

Dr. Markus Eich | Research Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision | Science and Engineering 
Faculty | Queensland University of Technology
P: + 61 7 3138 2348 |E: markus.eich at qut.edu.au |W: www.roboticvision.org
Gardens Point, G Block 423 | 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 | 
CRICOS No. 00213J

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