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Post-Doc - LITIS University of Rouen Normandy

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research profile: Recognised Researcher (R2)

Work place: University of Rouen Normandy

Contact: Edwige.Pissaloux@univ-rouen.fr

Offer Description

The “Perception and Interaction” group (P&I), part of the LITIS lab (150 researchers), University of Rouen Normandy (France), is involved in multidisciplinary research at the intersection of computer vision, computer science, mathematics, mechatronics and cognitive science. The group models and designs mainly intelligent wearable systems for visually impaired people with multimodal ICT technologies (vision, tactile, audio, AI). The group worked/works on fundamental research problems (models, algorithms and experimental evaluation) and their application to visually impaired persons (VIP) interaction with the space (mobility, art perception). Several international and national research projects ("Smart glasses", "HUmanPERception", ACCESSPACE, NAV-VIR, Museum Guide) have been or are implemented in collaboration with industrial and academic partners (CEA, Collège de France, CNRS, InsideVision, MIT, DoD, Panama University, Pavia University, Kaunas University, Technical University of Lodz, etc.). The group has received the USA PETA’s “Price for ethical technological research” (2012), and the CCAH’s “Applied research on deficiency” award (2017).

It is expected that the post-doc fellow will contribute to ongoing research projects (e.g. « Museum Guide » project , ACCESSPACE), and significantly advanced state-of-the-art in all aspects of VIP’s interaction with the space via embedded perception and man-machine interactive wearable systems.

This includes the following sub-topics/subtasks to be addressed during the postdoc :

  • Indoor & outdoor multimodal autonomous mobility modelling (bio-inspired, VIO (Visual Inertial Odometry), GNSS, multi-sensor data fusion etc.) for VIP mobility assistance
  • Modelling of the VIP mobility assistive devices
  • Design of a wearable embedded multimodal assistances for VIP interaction with space (haptic device, a tactile belt, embedded vision system)
  • Images segmentation & their tactile representations
  • Experimental evaluations' preparation and their carrying (protocol design, collected data processing/analysis) of the designed systems in simulated environments and in ecological settings with human participants (VIP, museums’ staff, etc.)
  • Publishing of the results and participation in dissemination activities.

Requirements (Skills/Qualifications)

PhD in Computer Science, Robotics or closely related field

Good theoretical and practical background in

  • Computer Vision, Image processing, (multimodal) Perception (& sensing), Interaction
  • Robotics (navigation, bioinspired navigation, VIO, etc.)
  • Mechatronics/automation/control electronics
  • AI, computer engineering, embedded systems (GPU, FPGA)

Good programming skills (python, Java, C/C++; Matlab)
Knowledge of 3D modelling and 3D printing (e.g. Maya, Blender, SolidWorks)
Theoretical knowledge of Bayesian models will be a plus

Specific Requirement

  • experience with real robotic hardware (programming, electronics & mechanics)
  • experience with Ubuntu/Linux
  • open mind towards cognitive science and visually impaired sciences & technologies
  • scientific curiosity and ability to work autonomously
  • proactive team working attitude
  • good communication skills (at least in English)
  • availability to co-supervise M.Sc. and PhD candidates on the post-doc topics
  • availability to travel to international conferences and meetings with partners
  • assistance in administrative works as a project partner
  • European work permit

Required languages: French, English

Required Research Experience: At least 3 year research experience – a PhD degree obtained in 7 years before this position start ; this period may be longer and including breaks such as maternity/paternity leave, parental/educational leave, etc.

Website for additional job details : Please send your questions to prof. Edwige.Pissaloux@univ-rouen.fr

Benefits: The employment will take place with respect to national regulations (Labor code) with social security and retirement benefits. Beneficial and welfare schemes and wide range of sports and cultural offers are provided.