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Ph.D. in Decision Making and Planning for Robots

Do you wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree in automated planning, one of the key building blocks of Artificial Intelligence? Start your fully-funded research career under the wings of excellent computer scientists: Associate Professor Lukáš Chrpa and Professor Stefan Edelkamp, former Head of AI Planning group at the renowned King’s College London.

The exciting field of automated planning

We are opening a call for a Ph.D. position in the important field of Decision Making and Planning for Robots. What’s that about? In a nutshell, an intelligent agent or a group of agents has to make a sequence of decisions/actions in order to achieve its goals or maximize its reward. But it gets complicated. The environment is rarely static, meaning exogenous events or actions of other actors might change the environment without the consent of the agents. 

To solve this, there is a range of useful decision-making techniques, i.e., Automated Planning, Markov Decision Process, Monte-Carlo Tree Search and (Deep) Reinforcement Learning, where each approach has its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Our task as researchers (including you) is to develop methods that effectively combine these decision-making techniques for reasoning and acting in dynamic and sometimes adversary environments. 

Ph.D. program in AIC

Our Ph.D. is designed for the period of 4 years in which you will do research in a lab, publish papers, travel to conferences, teach in classes, popularize your field and do everything that means to be a full researcher. 

You can also join our center for a test run before actually applying for the Ph.D. study program. That’s honestly the best way to get to know our team, explore the research area in more depth, earn some extra money and have useful admin support to assist you with the official application process. We will have your back! Don’t wait any longer and get in touch via the application form.

Perks of being a Ph.D. student in AIC

Successful candidates will get a full tuition waiver and 47 250 CZK monthly brutto income (the equivalent of 1 670 EUR). Note that the Czech Republic's cost of living is at 59% of the US price level by OECD statistics. To give you a better idea, the average price of beer in Prague is 1,3 EUR. Cheers to that! With 6 weeks of paid vacation, you will have plenty of time to explore the cozy pubs and vibrant nightlife.

Also, get excited for traveling to attractive conferences abroad, regular internal seminars, an unlimited supply of coffee (very appreciated) and meal vouchers. Our labs are located on the university campus in the historical city center, so perfect transport accessibility is another obvious advantage.

However, what we appreciate the most about our research center is an inspirational and supportive environment. Plus you will have the convenience of working in teams where everyone knows their agenda and the supervisor is at your fingertips to help. With that said, getting your Ph.D. in AI Center FEE CTU will be a forming life experience that will kick off your research career. 

Requirements

  • Master degree in Computer Science
  • Background in Artificial Intelligence
  • Solid programming skills (C++, Python, ...)
  • Solid English knowledge (both written and spoken –⁠ we are an international group of researchers)
  • Ability to conduct work both individually and in a team

    Contact

    If you decide to embark on your exciting Ph.D. journey of Intelligent Decision Making, you will be supervised by the following senior researchers. Reach out to them if you want to talk more before applying. Otherwise, go ahead and apply directly! We will figure out the details later.  

  • Stefan Edelkamp (Google Scholar) - edelkste@fel.cvut.cz

Ph.D. in Decision Making and Planning for Robots

Prague, Czechia
Full time, Part time
Master
£Up to $10,000

Published on 15 Sep 2022

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