BAMBI  Bottom-up Approaches to Machines dedicated to Bayesian Inference 

http://www.bambi-fet.eu

The Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR-UC) is an associated research institution of the University of Coimbra that promotes advanced multidisciplinary R&D in Autonomous Systems and Robotics, and, in particular through the Artificial Perception for Intelligent Robotic Systems (AP4ISR) team that focus on the development of theoretical and technological solutions in the area of Artificial Perception and Intelligent Robotic Systems, with the aim of deploying Robotic solutions to improve mankind's quality of life.



Within the BAMBI consortium, ISR-UC in Coimbra will focus on the emulation hardware implementation and on the computational architecture to be developed, namely in the composition of basic building blocks for probabilistic computation. We have a setup with high-end FPGAs that enable us to use reconfigurable logic to build machines dedicated to Bayesian inference. Target application in robotics, where robots need to dwell in uncertainty, will be pursued, taking advantage of the low power of reconfigurable logic devices and their flexibility and inherent parallelism.

Accepting new Submissions until April 30th for  pos-doc, PhD student, and technical support fellowships

Position for pos-doc fellowship (BPD*):

  • The candidate will be responsible for driving research efforts on theory and hardware implementation of probabilistic computation. The research will study probabilistic computation following two major axes: algebra and reconfigurable hardware. The activities will be in coordination with the Project Team at University of Coimbra ensuring the successful implementation of the project's overall plan and the fulfilment of the scientific and technical aspects of its Milestones.
  • requirements: PhD degree in Electronic/Electrical/Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science or similar. Preference is given to candidates with knowledge in Bayesian Inference, Robotics, computational architectures and reconfigurable logic.

Position for PhD fellowship (BD*):

  • The candidate will pursue PhD Studies on computational theory  with experiments of probabilistic computation. The research will study probabilistic computation following two major axes: algebra and reconfigurable hardware. The activities will be in coordination with the Project Team at University of Coimbra ensuring the successful implementation of the aims of the BAMBI project (Bottom-up Approaches to Machines dedicated to Bayesian Inference).
  • requirements:  MSc degree in Electrical/Electronic/Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science or similar. Preference is given to candidates with academic background and MSc thesis experience in robotics, digital computing hardware and reconfigurable logic devices. 

Position for technical support (BI-M*):

  • VHDL programming and implementation on FPGAs, and technical support for the project.
  • requirements:  MSc degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or similar. Preference is given to candidates with academic background and MSc thesis experience in VHDL and reconfigurable logic devices as well as robotics.

The work will be carried out at ISR-UC in a lab equipped with high end reconfigurable logic resources and several robotic resources for some target applications. When required, short stays at some of the project partners might take place, beyond the regular project meetings.

The scholarship has an initial probation period of 3 months, and will be anual and renewable during the duration of the project.

Submissions should include an introduction/motivation letter indicating intended position, full CV and degree certificates, and be sent by email to: Jorge Lobo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

For more information on the project and the position, send an e-mail to: Jorge Lobo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).