Developing autonomous capabilities in humanoid robots with application
to robotic soccer.
Commencing Mon 8 June 2009
Finishing Fri 14 August 2009
National University of Ireland Maynooth,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
The goal of the Summer Internship on Autonomous Robotics (SIAR)
programme is to engage students in research projects which focus on the
technological issues surrounding humanoid robotic soccer. These include
challenges in obtaining fast stable locomotion, real-time image
processing, robust localization and effective team co-ordination. These
problems span a range of computer science, electronic engineering and
applied mathematics disciplines (artificial intelligence, control
systems, signal processing, algorithm development, image processing
etc.) and demand good programming and analytical skills. An
inter-disciplinary team of researchers from the Department of
Electronic Engineering, Department of Computer Science and the Hamilton
Institute at NUI Maynooth
have established a humanoid robot soccer team with the view to
competing at a high level in international Robocup competitions. Robocup is an international
research and education initiative that acts as a driver for (and
showcase of) research by the participants in areas of autonomous
robotics including machine learning, legged locomotion control,
real-time vision systems, perception and inference algorithms.
Dr Seán McLoone (Electronic Engineering)
Dr Adam Winstanley (Computer Science)
Prof Rick Middleton (The Hamilton Institute)
to apply for an internship:
Who can apply?
Students who are about to complete their penultimate year of a
degree in Computing, Electronic Engineering, Applied Mathematics or
closely related disciplines are invited to apply. SIAR will be
considering applications from Ireland, Europe and other international
How to apply?
Applications should consist of:
Where to send application material?
Application material should be sent electronically to:
- A two page curriculum vitae of the applicant, including academic
results achieved to date, and experience relevant to the internship.
- A reference letter, preferably from a University lecturer,
familiar with the applicant
- A personal statement from the applicant indicating why they wish
to be part of the internship program (maximum of one A4 page).
- Completed Cover Sheet (Rich Text
Format cover sheet available here)
The closing date for applications is:
9 March 2009
What does an internship involve?
Successful applicants will spend 10 weeks in the summer break at NUI
Maynooth. They will receive a scholarship of €300 per week for the 10
week period and
international recipients will be able to reclaim (within limits) travel
expenses. They will conduct research projects in conjunction
with leading researchers from NUI Maynooth on various aspects of
robotics relating to humanoid robotic soccer.
There will be a program of organised social, cultural and sporting
activities for the interns as well as training in the various aspects
of research. Project areas and indicative projects are available here.
Comments or queries about this
website to richard.middleton 'at' nuim.ie