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PhD student - Deep Learning Techniques for Human Motion Sensing (FPI 2018)

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Francesc Moreno Noguer



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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 project "HuMoUR: Markerless 3D human motion understanding for adaptive robot behavior"

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Francesc Moreno and Dr. Guillem Alenyà, and s/he will be incorporated into the Perception and Manipulation Group.

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.

An essential ingredient for developing Human-Robot-Interaction applications is the perception of the 3D the position of the person and forecasting his/her motion and intentions. Existing approaches for doing so assume fronto-parallel and complete views of the person. In this project we will tackle the problem from a camera attached to a humanoid robot, which may generate non-standard and close-up views of the human person. We will therefore research approaches for perceiving full human body pose and motion intentions from partial data. In particular, we will design Generative Adversarial Networks, and condition them with novel geometric and semantic priors which help to reduce the ambiguity of the problem.

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 computer science or a related field, and have experience in deep learning topics.

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-69) and include the following documentation: CV and academic transcripts.