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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Augmented Reality for the Visually Impaired-Tracking and Mapping
The University of Sydney

Date Posted Jul. 18, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Research Associate in Augmented Reality for the Visually Impaired-Tracking and Mapping
University The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Department Australian Centre for Field Robotics-ACFR
Application Deadline Aug. 16, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Robotics
    Computer Science
    Engineering - Other
  • Join a world-class research team developing an augmented reality device to assist the visually impaired
  • Develop novel tracking and mapping technologies to allow machines to sense and understand challenging environments
  • Full time, 2 year fixed term position, Level A, Base Salary $97,043 p.a. - $100,717 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is one of Australia’s leading robotics research groups, undertaking fundamental and applied research in robotics and related fields. Within the ACFR, the Robotic Perception Lab is focused on delivering fundamental methodologies to sensing, mapping and planning in real-word dynamic environments.

We have funding available through the Project ARIA CRC-P to support a Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake fundamental and applied research related to the development, design and deployment of novel imaging technologies. Project ARIA, Augmented Reality in Audio, seeks to endow the visually impaired with a richer sense of their surroundings using a wearable augmented reality device. Building on technologies from robotics, augmented reality, and spatialised audio, ARIA will deliver next-generation perception algorithms with the potential to improve quality of life for millions of people affected by vision impairment worldwide. 

There are multiple positions open as part of Project ARIA. This Tracking and Mapping-focused position will aim at developing algorithms for robust detection and tracking of static and moving objects from images as well as the integration into an egocentric map representation. The main challenge is to develop a scene representation that can be easily translated to pleasant and informative sound. Other key constraints are available such as limited power consumption and compute, and tolerance to latency.

For more information on the Faculty of Engineering and the Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems click here

In this role you will:

  • work closely with project academics, engineers, and PhD students
  • design and implement novel tracking and mapping algorithms
  • evaluate and validate accuracy and robustness of the solutions
  • support the integration of the algorithms with other modules such as low-level vision, object detection and segmentation, localisation and mapping, sound generation
  • understand the specifications of the device and embedded processing
  • contribute as a researcher to project report preparation, presentation at internal workshops, and dissemination at top international conferences and journals.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has: 

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Robotics, Computer vision or related discipline
  • a strong background in mathematics and programming
  • knowledge of tracking, localization and mapping techniques
  • experience with one or more programming languages (C, C++, C#, Python)
  • ability to manage others and coordinate multiple project objectives
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

Closing date for applications

Tuesday 16 August 2022 11:59 PM

How to apply

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