Master & Ph.D Software Development and Research PhD scholarship

at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia

Swinburne University of Technology’s Software Innovation Laboratory, in conjunction with National ICT Australia (NICTA) are seeking a motivated PhD candidate with excellent academic record and strong background in software development to conduct research into the development of novel algorithms to support the deployment of a humanoid NAO robot (manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics) in children’s rehabilitation. Working with the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital, the project aims to deploy NAO robots as assistants to children, and support the activities of health professionals who cannot be around 24/7 to interact positively with the children needing rehabilitation support. This will require the development and evaluation of novel algorithms harnessing state-of-the-art knowledge in computer vision and machine learning, in particular for action recognition. Other areas of potential research focus include natural language processing, human computer interaction and social robotics.

The prospective PhD candidate will have the following desired skills:

  • Training or experience as a software developer/engineer
  • Experience with image processing and/or machine learning algorithms
  • Experience with sensors and tracking systems
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Experience in data analysis (Qualitative and quantitative)

Payment Information
The value of this scholarship is AUD25849 (per annum). This award is to be used for living expenses. This is a 3 year (full-time) fully-funded PhD candidacy based at Swinburne University of Technology’s
Hawthorn campus.

This scholarship is offered once only to one person. Open for applications until May 31, 2015.

Contact information
For more information and enquiries please contact Dr Chris McCarthy by email

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