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University of Antwerp

PhD Vacancy on Next Generation AI for Perception and Cognition

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IMEC

​imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer.

University of Antwerp – imec IDLab Research group

The Internet & Data Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at the University of Antwerp and Ghent University. IDLab focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. IDLab is a joint research initiative between Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. Bringing together 300 internet experts, we develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics. Within Antwerp, where you will work, the overall IDLab research areas are machine learning and wireless networking. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations.

IDLab collaborates with many universities and research centres worldwide and jointly develops advanced technologies with industry (R&D centers from international companies, Flanders’ top innovating large companies and SME’s, as well as numerous ambitious startups).

For further development of the IDLab machine learning cluster, we are looking for a PhD researcher in the domain of sustainable AI systems, investigating 3rd generation spiking neural networks and hyperdimensional computing systems for perception and cognition.

The research project

State-of-the-art artificial neural networks have achieved remarkable successes in pattern recognition tasks for a variety of AI-related tasks. However, complex tasks require a combination of perception and higher level cognition.
In this research project, you will investigate new brain-inspired architectures and algorithms that can combine perception with reasoning capabilities, can work with only limited supervision, in real-world noisy environments, and allow for low power implementations.

The job

  • You are conducting research in the IDLab sustainable AI team, enhancing, applying or extending brain-inspired learning algorithms and creating new ones.
  • You will implement and analyze novel architectures and algorithms, and conduct experiments to compare the new algorithms with existing state-of-the-art methods
  • You will write detailed evaluation reports on the developed algorithms and executed experiments, publishing them in major conferences and journals. 
  • You will develop demonstrators in the framework of European and national research projects (in collaboration with industry).

Job requirements

  • You have (or will receive within a few months) a Masters of Science degree, preferably in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related fields.
  • You have a profound interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Knowledge on artificial and/or spiking neural networks is an additional asset.
  • You have a solid mathematical background, and like to couple in-depth theoretical understanding with challenging practical applications.
  • You have experience with programming languages and software development.
  • You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
  • Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing.

How to apply
Please apply using the application button on this webpage. Applications sent to us via email will not be considered.

More information about the PhD: werner.vanleekwijck@uantwerpen.be

More HR-related/administrative information regarding a PhD: michelle.nietvelt@uantwerpen.be

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PhD Vacancy on Next Generation AI for Perception and Cognition
Locatie
Prinsstraat 13 Antwerpen, België
Gepubliceerd
2021-05-07
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