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    Title: Intelligent Systems and Software Developer
    Location: Downtown Toronto, Canada

    Closing Date: April 12, 2006

    Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab / Physical Function Lab
    University of Toronto / Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)


    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 May 1, 2006,
    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 Toronto/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 the 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 applicantĀ¹s previous experience and education. The contract may be
    renewed after the initial year, based on available funding and employee

    For more information about our research, visit our web site:


    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 in C++ and in
    working with networked distributed systems. Experience with machine vision,
    computational intelligence, and/or related fields is an asset. The
    applicant will need to also demonstrate an aptitude for transdisciplinary
    research that addresses the intersections of health care, technology, and

    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.


    The closing date is April 12, 2006. To apply, please send a covering
    letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of your relevant interests (1-2
    pages), and a copy of your transcripts to:

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

    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.