Conduct collaborative research on empowering top-down contextual detection strategies (e.g. detect building floors, then floor rooms, then room walls, etc.) with deep learning architectures and online learning up to the point of technological transfer to Trimble. The ESR must: (1) conceive the whole system; (2) define the critical design parameters; (3) implement and test three separate architectures into a common object detection prototype; (4) be involved in the subsequent development steps towards the realization of a commercial package. Expected Results: The ESR is expected to realize and demonstrate an objects detection prototype able to detect most common objects of facilities and infrastructure (structural components, piping networks and mechanical components, doors/windows, etc.) when trained with a limited dataset and able to improve its detection performance with every additional test case, such that only uncommon, specialty items are left to be modelled by the user. The main bulk of the training will be at University of Cambridge, complemented by STFD, on deep learning computational geometry methods. Extensive training at LocLab Consulting on high-performance computing will also be indispensable. A final secondment to Trimble will explore the feasibility of product development.
This ESR position is part of the CBIM network, a consortium of European partners with complementary world-leading expertise from academia and industry, is offering 14 fully funded PhD and one Post Doc position for highly talented people who are eligible for study at any one of its partner universities. Each ESR will be employed full time at one of the CBIM partner universities or at one of the three CBIM beneficiary companies. Those employed directly by the universities will enrol for PhD study at the same university; those employed by partner companies will enrol at one of the five universities for external PhD studies. CBIM is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network call under grant no. 860555. Please see https://cbim2020.net.technion.ac.il/
Recruitment, Eligibility and Mobility
Successful candidates will be employed for a maximum period of three years full-time equivalent and receive a generous financial package plus an additional mobility and family allowance according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN). A career development plan will be prepared in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner institutions of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment.
All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs). An ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: on the date of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded. Date of Recruitment normally means the first day of the employment of the fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract). Researchers can be of any nationality. There is no age limit. Applicants must hold a research (thesis) Master’s degree in engineering, architecture or computer science.