[Elsnet-list] Jobs at the Swiss AI lab IDSIA: postdoc & developer / handwriting recognition kti2006

Juergen Schmidhuber juergen at idsia.ch
Tue Jul 22 13:20:55 CEST 2008

We are seeking an outstanding postdoc and a developer in
the fields of handwriting recognition / machine learning / image
processing. Goal: to advance the state of the art in handwriting
recognition, for example, by further improving the recent
state-of-the-art recurrent network algorithms for connected
handwriting. This is a collaboration with the Swiss
company Lifeware.

Salary: Postdoc ~ SFR 72,000 / year ~ US$ 70,000 (10 July 2008)
Developer: ~ SFR 62,000 / year
Start: now or soon

To apply, please follow the instructions under

Juergen Schmidhuber

About IDSIA: IDSIA is small but visible, competitive, and influential. 
For example, its ant colony optimization algorithms broke numerous 
benchmark records and are now widely used in industry for routing, 
logistics etc. (today entire conferences specialize on artificial 
ants). IDSIA is also the origin of the first mathematical theory of 
optimal universal artificial intelligence and self-referential 
universal problem solvers. And IDSIA's artificial recurrent neural 
networks learn to solve numerous previous unlearnable sequence 
processing tasks through gradient descent, artificial evolution and 
other methods. Research topics also include complexity and 
generalization issues, unsupervised learning and information theory, 
forecasting, learning robots. IDSIA was the smallest of the world's top 
ten AI labs listed in the 1997 "X-Lab Survey" by Business Week 
magazine, and ranked in fourth place in the category "Computer Science 
- Biologically Inspired". IDSIA's most important work was done after 
1997 though.
Switzerland is a good place for scientists. It is the origin of special 
relativity (1905) and the World Wide Web (1990), is associated with 105 
Nobel laureates, and boasts the world's highest number of Nobel prizes 
per capita, the highest number of publications per capita, the highest 
number of patents per capita, the highest citation impact factor, the 
most cited single-author paper, etc.  Switzerland also got the highest 
ranking in the list of happiest countries :-)

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