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Building robots inspired by the most amazing autonomous agents - insects.
Building robots inspired by the most amazing autonomous agents - insects.

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We are delighted to announce that registraion is open for this year's BMVA Summer School. A great line up of speakers confirmed.

Early bird discounts available so get booked up soon!
The registration for the BMVA Computer Vision Summer School in Lincoln is now open!

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AHDB funded PhD Studentship in Bioinspired Vision Systems for Automated Harvesting (Univ of Lincoln)

Please note this opportunity is available to UK/EU students only.

Salary/Bursary: £14,296 per year

A PhD position is available in the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS) at the University of Lincoln UK. The position is fully funded for 3 years, including a student bursary, tuition fees, and participation in international conferences and meetings. Please note: this studentship is available to UK/EU candidates only; at present we are not able to offer any studentships to international candidates.

This AHDB funded PhD will investigate the crucial problem of rapidly and robustly segmenting fruits and flowers from background vegetation which is considered key component to automation of labour-intensive horticultural processes such as fruit and flower harvesting. Inspiration will be taken from the vision system of insects that solve exactly this issue (e.g. bees, fruit-flies, aphids) with the aim to develop novel hardware and software solutions based on key abstractions. The selected candidate will benefit strongly from working in close collaboration with researchers at the University of Lincoln’s Institute for Agri-Food Technology & Centre for Autonomous Systems and with horticultural industrial partners ensuring tight coupling of academic output with commercial application.

You should have a good Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. You must have excellent mathematical, and experience in related areas such as optics, machine learning, computer vision software and hardware development are all considered beneficial. You should be available to start work on the project in the autumn of 2017 (exact start date may be negotiable).

For more information go to https://lcas.lincoln.ac.uk/wp/jobs/ or contact Dr Mike Mangan (mmangan@lincoln.ac.uk), with your CV and transcript. Please put “AHDB Biovision PhD application” in the subject line.

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Living Machines 2017, submission deadline in 7 weeks.

Open call for extended abstracts, full papers, workshops and sponsors. Check out -> http://livingmachinesconference.eu/
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What's collective noun for robot cars?
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Got to get the next generation of roboticists started early.
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This damned robot just cost me a pint of beer.  Must try harder Kuka.  TBH I was pretty disappointed with the video itself.  I wanted to see some form of true competition, even if it meant not playing true table tennis rules.  But lets not doubt, the singularity is coming..... 
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Nice interview with one of my collaborators Andy Philippides
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Some really interesting uses of SLAM here. Cant wait to see the end device.
Congrats to +Johnny Lee and everyone else involved... Can't wait to give it a spin. Is this where SLAM really goes mass market?
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