Postdoctoral Research Associate in Underwater Computational imaging

We are looking to appoint a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Underwater Computational Imaging in Sydney, part of ARIAM Research Hub,

About the opportunity

We are seeking an ambitious and talented Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake fundamental and applied research related to the development, design and deployment of novel imaging technologies for an autonomous underwater robot. As part of the Australian Robotic Inspection and Management Research Hub (ARIAM), this position involves working closely with Hub Industry Partner Advanced Navigation on their prototype Hydrus Autonomous Underwater Vehicle platform. The research will focus on the combined design and interpretation of camera and sonar imaging systems using computational imaging techniques to enable greater performance in challenging underwater conditions.

This robotic sensing-focused position will advance the imaging and sensing technologies required for autonomous underwater survey. Challenges arise from environmental conditions including murky water, bubbles, debris, low light, and complex underwater acoustic propagation and interference. Additional constraints arise in power, size, compute, and latency associated with real-time robotic navigation and mapping. 

Depending on ability and interest, candidate approaches can include combining inverse rendering and novel representations, physics-based sensor and propagation models, high-fidelity noise and interference models, and computational imaging approaches to adaptive insonification, exposure coding and coded blur. This project will offer dramatic improvements in sensing robustness and performance, and geometric and textural accuracy in autonomous underwater asset inspection.

Applications closed 16 May, 2023 Sydney Time

Please contact Donald Dansereau


Australian Centre for Robotics