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PhD Student - Scene reconstruction with an event-based camera (FPI 2018 -MdM-)

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Juan Andrade Cetto



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The "Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC", is seeking a PhD student to work under the framework of the María de Maeztu (MdM) Unit of Excellence Seal.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Juan Andrade and Dr. Francesc Moreno.

IRI is a Joint University Research Institute participated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) that conducts research in human-centered robotics and automatic control. The institute is a key player in the Spanish robotics and automatic control scenes, and a valued participant in a large number of international collaborations including more than ten ongoing H2020 projects and an ERC Advanced Grant. Recently, is has been recognized as a Maria de Maeztu Excellence Unit, the main accreditation given by the Spanish Government to research units that stand out for the impact and international relevance of their results.

In this thesis we will develop a high speed, high dynamic range visual SLAM device, by merging inertial measurements and a neuromorphic vision system, or event camera. Such a device could be used to estimate the motion of an autonomous vehicle or UAV, in environments without GPS readings, subjected to high dynamics and under conditions of low illumination or severe lighting changes.

The problem is multidisciplinary, requiring experience in computer vision, inertial systems, stochastic estimation and machine learning. The approach to solve it is not conventional because we will use event cameras. These cameras, unlike conventional ones, provide asynchronous sequences at very high speeds of the pixels changing in the scene instead of full frames at much lower frequencies.

A four-year PhD position will be fully covered by an FPI grant under the Spanish Government Call "Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2018". The gross salary is 16422 Eur/year. In addition, there are secured funding to cover the attendance to national and international conferences, journal publication costs, research stays abroad, and lab experiments.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to at your earliest convenience, including your CV, and your full academic record. Although the candidate selection will be done by the host group, the required paperwork will be coordinated and supervised by the Spanish Ministry of Science. The official application deadline by the Ministry is October 29th, but send us your documentation no later than 19th.


Qualifications: The candidate is expected to have a Master in mathematics, computer science or a related field, and have interest in Robotics and Computer Vision.

S/he should be admitted in a PhD Programme or at least fulfill the requirements to be admitted in such a programme upon formalization of the PhD contract. This formalization is expected to take place by mid 2019.
Languages: Fluent in English.
Other: Ability to organise and write technical and scientific reports in a clear manner, motivation to perform research stays abroad.


Please, send your documentation before 19/10/2018 to:

Email: jobs (at)
Address: Parc Tecnològic de Barcelona. C/ Llorens i Artigas 4-6, 2a planta. 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
Fax: 93 401 57 50
Note: Please, remember to reference the offer (ID-67) and include the following documentation: CV and academic transcripts