The Speech Processing and Transmission Laboratory (LPTV, Laboratorio de Procesamiento y Transmisión de Voz), http://www.lptv.cl) at Universidad de Chile is looking for PhD students on two topics:
1) Voice based human-robot interaction and human-robot social integration. Research will be carried out on a state-of-the-art robotic platform composed of a PR2 robot (the only one in Latin America) and NAOs robots. See the following videos at our site: http://www.lptv.cl/en/demos/ and http://www.lptv.cl/en/hri-asr/
LPTV is the most prominent research lab in Latin America in the field of speech technology due to the publication rate, technology transfer results, and collaboration and participation in the international speech science and technology community.
2) Multidisciplinary research on signal processing for seismology. Research will be carried out in collaboration with the National Seismological Center (CSN), http://www.sismologia.cl/. CSN is an organization tasked with monitoring of earthquake activity throughout Chile, it operates a seismological network distributed along the country valued in over US$ 8 million dollars. Collaboration will include, but not restricted to, development and application of machine learning and signal processing algorithms to real time earthquake monitoring. CSN has a national and international cooperation with several research groups as well.
Chile is an ethnically tolerant country with an emerging and growing economy. Santiago is a modern city just besides the Andes hills. The candidates must hold a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related area. For the second position, a candidate with a B.Sc. in Geophysics, or related area, with a good background on signal processing, is also welcome. Good programming skills are also important. Selected candidates will have to apply for our PhD program in Electrical Engineering and then to a Conicyt grant by writing a short research proposal in collaboration with the head of LPTV in in the following months.
According to last year call for post-doc candidates, the benefits include:
B1- Four year scholarship corresponding to equal to US$ 12.000/year (according to current conversion rate). This Scholarship needs to be compared with local expenses.
B2- Tuition fees.
B3- Support for internship abroad.
B3- Health insurance corresponding to US$620.
B4- Budget to travel to Chile can be considered case-by-case.
The closing date for applications is November 12th. However, each application will be evaluated on its own merit and the positions may be filled before this deadline.
Candidates need to send their CVs, two recommendation letters and statement of purpose (one page) to:
Prof. Nestor Becerra Yoma, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical Engineering
Universidad de Chile
Av. Tupper 2007, POBox 412-3
Tel. +56 2 2978 4205