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08-12-2008, 05:28 AM
The Graduate School Cognitive Interaction Technology at Bielefeld
University, Germany offers a research grant for a PhD-student in the
research project

Designing a multi-legged robot as a test-bed for motion intelligence

This project is situated in the CITEC research area motion intelligence
and is jointly supervised by the departments of Mechatronics of
Biomimetic Actuators and Biological Cybernetics. Its goal is the
development of a multi-legged multipurpose robot platform that serves as
a carrier for different sensor modalities and the underlying
technologies. A certain degree of autonomy for field trials will be
achieved, for example, to collect vision and navigation data from real
world scenarios and to test walking capabilities, decision making and
planning ahead (mental models) also outside the lab environment.

The Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at
Bielefeld University has been established in the framework of the
Excellence Initiative as a research center for intelligent systems and
cognitive interaction between humans and technical systems. The CITEC
agenda comprises the central topics of motion intelligence, attentive
systems, situated communication, and memory and learning. It combines
the knowledge of computer scientists, biologists, physicists, sports
scientists, linguists and psychologists in order to understand the
processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction. In
addition, research and development are directed towards establishing
cognitive interfaces that facilitate the use of complex technical systems.

We invite applications from outstanding young scientists. A successful
candidate must hold an excellent academic degree (MSc/Diploma) in the
area of engineering sciences or natural/computer sciences. We are
particularly interested in applicants with a strong interest in
bioinspired robotics and a background in a corresponding field, e.g.
mechatronics, embedded systems or applied computer sciences. Strong
programming skills, advanced mathematical competence and the interest in
interdisciplinary work are expected. The candidate should be proficient
in both written and spoken English. The research grant will be given for
the duration of three years starting winter term 2008.

Complete applications include: a cover letter providing information
about the qualification and the motivation of the candidate, a CV
including publication list and research experience, certificates of
academic qualifications, as well as the name and contact information of
two references. Please provide your documents as electronic data (pdf).
Bielefeld University is an equal opportunity employer and therefore
especially encourages women to apply. In the case of comparable
competences and qualification, women will preferably be considered if
there are no dominating reasons arising from the person of another
applicant. Bielefeld University explicitly encourages disabled people to

Applications arriving no later than September 14, 2008 will be
guaranteed to receive full consideration in the current call. Please
submit your application to

Dr. Axel Schneider
Universitšt Bielefeld
Technische Fakultšt / AG MBA
P.O. Box 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Email: axel.schneider@uni-bielefeld.de


Prof. Dr. Josef Schmitz
Universitšt Bielefeld
Biologische Kybernetik
P.O. Box 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Email: josef.schmitz@uni-bielefeld.de

For further information about CITEC, please visit: www.cit-ec.de.

Dr. Axel Schneider
University of Bielefeld
Faculty of Technology
Junior Research Group Mechatronics of Biomimetic Actuators
P.O. Box 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Room: N5-112

Fon: ++49(0)521-106-5163
Fax: ++49(0)521-106-6440
E-Mail: axel.schneider@uni-bielefeld.de
Web: www.elan.uni-bielefeld.de