Postdoctoral Positions

Mitacs Postdoc Internship (Eleos Robotics; BC) – Robotic Visual Recognition

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Mitacs Program: Accelerate
Company: Eleos Robotics Inc.
Project Length: 2 years
Location: Greater Vancouver Area including Fraser Valley
No. of Positions Available:  1
Language: English

Preferences: Preference is for a highly talented individual who could grow into team leader.

About Company:
Eleos Robotics designs, manufactures, and sells fully automatic weeding solutions for grape growers. Our vision is to one day remove pesticides from thousands of acres of crops by automating crop protection in general with Culture Bot, where “sci-fi and crop protection converge”.

Culture Bot is artificially intelligent. It detects, identifies, and then eliminates weeds that destroy growers’ crops. It autonomously patrols crops day and night searching for weeds, and then eliminates them with a high-precision directed energy; it even self-charges with an autonomous charging station and can, therefore, operate day and night without supervision.

Project Description:
We are developing a visual recognition system that will work hand-in-hand with our autonomous weeding robot: Culture Bot. The purpose of the computer classification system is to identify and distinguish weeds. This system will recognize weeds in the evening (with other wavelengths of light) as well as day. Once accomplished, we then eliminate the weed with microwave energy.

This robotic system will be capable of autonomous data acquisition to reinforce its detection and recognition precision. The robot will also be capable of visually navigating and swarming with other autonomously navigating robots.

See website for an overview of our patent pending technology in development.

For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please:

  • Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
  • Interested applicants need to get approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Andrea Globa: agloba@mitacs.ca.

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Eligibility Requirements: Postdoctoral fellow in Computer Sciences/Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence
Expertise and Skills Needed: - Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence
- Neural Networks and Deep Learning
- Data Science
- Various programming languages, Go, JSON, Arduino, C’s, Clib, etc.
- Python is a must
- A bit of hardware experience with robotics is always preferable
Research Objectives: - Further develop our existing visual recognition system
- Develop capabilities for robotic systems to be monitored remotely
- Develop cyber-security measures for software systems
- Develop remote/autonomous data acquisition and reinforced learning systems
- Develop a computer classification system (ANN likely)
- Field test and integrate systems with other Culture Bot systems
- Document development for SRED
Methodology: - Determine the best strategy and approach to developing the systems (feasibility)
- Set objectives and a work plan, including a GANTT and make hypothesis
- Determine all equipment needed in the beginning to mitigate lead times and bottlenecks
- Communicate with other members
- Develop a lab version of programming
- Field test and revise programming

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