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01-11-2007, 05:51 AM
The Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL) and the
Physical Function Lab (PFL) invite applications to the position of
intelligent systems and software developer for intelligent cognitive
devices. Candidates must hold a M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline or a
B.Sc. in an appropriate discipline in addition to relevant post-degree
experience in a research environment. The start date is March 5, 2007,
although an earlier start is much preferred.

The successful candidate will join a unique multi-disciplinary, multi-centre
research team that includes several bioengineers, computer scientists,
occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, neuroscientists,
clinicians, and mechanical/electronic technicians. The team is led by Dr.
Alex Mihailidis (University of Toronto/TRI), Dr. William McIlroy (University
of Waterloo / TRI), and Dr. Jesse Hoey (University of Toronto). Both IATSL
and PFL are affiliated with many prestigious institutions including the
University of Toronto, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Sunnybrook and
Women's College Health Sciences Centre. Funding comes from a variety of
corporate and institutional partners, such as American Alzheimer
Association, Alzheimer Society of Canada, and Intel Corporation.

Our research program primarily aims at developing autonomous, intelligent
computerised devices that can help older adults live more independently.
Within this research, you will focus primarily on the development of
stand-alone and networked software systems for autonomous devices that
compensate for physical and cognitive deficits that are a result of aging.
The successful candidate will work with the research team to implement
efficient real-time computer vision and planning algorithms for assistive
devices within the previously established distributed computing
architecture. The candidate will also work on maintaining and improving the
distributed substrate.

A major strength of the research program is the combination of basic
science, computing principles, clinical research, and product design, and
development. Our research employs cutting edge technologies and computer
techniques, such as stereo vision, partially observable Markov decision
processes, and various artificial intelligence techniques. The successful
applicant will provide support for projects focusing on a wide variety of
computer-driven assistive technologies and intelligent systems.

The initial position will be a one-year contract. Salary will be based on
the applicantıs previous experience and education. The contract may be
renewed after the initial year, based on available funding and employee
performance.

For more information about our research, visit our web site: www.iatsl.org

Requirements:
The successful candidate will hold either a Master or Bachelor degree in
engineering, computer science, or a related field. The candidate must
demonstrate an excellence in implementing real-time algorithms (primarily
under Linux) in C/C++, Firewire (and other) camera interfacing and working
with networked distributed systems. A strong understanding of and experience
with software development practices is also essential, including OOP, build
control (makefiles, Cmake, Automake and friends), revision control (cvs,
svn) and GUI development (FLTK and GTK toolkits). Experience with Linux is
essential.

Experience with any of the following is considered a strong asset:
- machine vision, computational intelligence
- Matlab
- LabView, data acquisition principles and Bluetooth communication.
- analog and digital circuit design
- microcontroller interfacing
- VR development / programming

The applicant will need to also demonstrate an aptitude for
transdisciplinary research that addresses the intersections of health care,
technology, and place.

The University of Toronto hires on the basis of merit and is committed to
employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, however,
Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application:
The closing date is February 16, 2007. To apply, please send a covering
letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of your research interests (1-2
pages), and a copy of your university transcripts to:

Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL)
University of Toronto
160 * 500 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, M5G 1V7

E-mail: iatsl@utoronto.ca
FAX: (416) 946-8570

Submissions by e-mail or FAX are preferred. After an initial screening,
selected applicants will be asked to forward three academic and/or
professional letters of reference.

--
Alex Mihailidis, Ph.D. P.Eng.
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Science and
Occupational Therapy
University of Toronto
Tel: (416) 946-8565
Fax: (416) 946-8570
alex.mihailidis@utoronto.ca
www.iatsl.org

Please join us for the Festival of International Conferences
on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT 2007), five
concurrent conferences: Growing Older with a Disability; 2nd
International Conference on Technology & Aging; Advances in
Neurorehabilitation; Caregivers: Essential Partners in Care; Improving
Medical Device Usability

Date: June 16-19, 2007

Visit our website: www.ficcdat.ca