PhD Position in the Synthetic Morphogenesis group (IBEC, TU/e)

Application Deadline: 15/12/2020
Ref: PH- VC

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, Eindhoven – Netherlands) are seeing an ambitious PhD Candidate to investigate the morphogenesis of living tissues from the computational perspective. The successful candidate will carry out computational research with the Synthetic Morphogenesis group under the supervision of Dr Vito Conte across both institutions at the interface between Biology, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences. This multidisciplinary doctoral research will be carried out in collaboration with Dr Jose Muñoz at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Barcelona – Spain) and will be part of greater efforts aiming at establishing a new Platform for the Live-Quantification of Cell and Tissue Mechanics across the IBEC and the TU/e.

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Postdoc position in NeuroRobotics at the SPECS-lab Research Group

Application Deadline: 30/11/2020
Ref: PD-PV

The Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is offering a Postdoctoral position in NeuroRobotics. The successful candidate will lead SPECS’ NeuroRobotics lab and drive the research on Cognitive Architectures in the context of the Distributed Adaptive Control theory of mind and brain that SPECS-lab has been elaborating over many years [1, 2, 3, 4].
We are seeking a candidate to advance the DAC Architecture towards a whole brain implementation, which maps this cognitive architecture to the main structures of the mammalian brain. We will test these models on robots both targeting rodents level tasks such as foraging and navigation but also, we want to look at human level tasks such as social interaction and motor rehabilitation. The candidate will work directly with the director of SPECS-lab, ICREA Professor Dr. Paul Verschure.

1. Verschure, Paul FMJ. “Synthetic consciousness: the distributed adaptive control perspective.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371, no. 1701 (2016): 20150448.
2. Verschure, PFMJ, Pennartz, CM, & Pezzulo, G. (2014). The why, what, where, when and how of goal-directed choice: neuronal and computational principles. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 369(1655), 20130483.
3. Verschure, P. F. (2012). Distributed adaptive control: a theory of the mind, brain, body nexus. Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, 1, 55-72.
4. Verschure, PFMJ T Voegtlin T, RJ Douglas (2003) – Environmentally mediated synergy between perception and behaviour in mobile robots Nature –

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