Archive for March, 2009

Summer Internship in Autonomous Robotics

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Science Foundation of Ireland funded UREKA Site

Focus: Developing autonomous capabilities in humanoid robots with application to robotic soccer.


10 weeks:
Commencing Monday 8 June 2009
Finishing Friday 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)




How to apply for an internship:

Who can apply?

Students who are about to complete their penultimate year of a bachelors 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 locations.

How to apply?

Applications should consist of:

  1. A two page curriculum vitae of the applicant, including academic results achieved to date, and experience relevant to the internship.
  2. A reference letter, preferably from a University lecturer, familiar with the applicant
  3. A personal statement from the applicant indicating why they wish to be part of the internship program (maximum of one A4 page).
  4. Completed Cover Sheet (Rich Text Format cover sheet available here)

Where to send application material? Application material should be sent electronically to:

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.