Research Fellow in Epistemic Artificial Intelligence

Oxford Brookes University

United Kingdom

February 13, 2022


Research Fellow in Epistemic Artificial Intelligence

£32,344, rising annually to £35,326 Full Time, Fixed Term - Researcher

The Visual Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Oxford Brookes University, led by Professor Fabio Cuzzolin, is seeking a Research Fellow in Epistemic Artificial Intelligence, to be appointed as soon as possible, full-time, for a period of 28 months.

The Research Fellow will join the Lab's efforts in the context of a new Horizon 2020 FET project “Epistemic AI” coordinated by Oxford Brookes. The project's overarching objective is to develop a new paradigm for a next- generation artificial intelligence providing worst-case guarantees on its predictions thanks to a proper modelling of real-world uncertainties. The project re-imagines AI from the foundations, with the aim of providing a proper treatment of the ‘epistemic' uncertainty stemming from a machine's forcibly partial knowledge of the world by means of advanced uncertainty theory. https: // www.

In particular, the work will focus on employing uncertainty measures (such as non-additive probabilities and random sets) to ‘robustify' statistical learning and unsupervised learning (e.g. by generalising generative adversarial networks), create a robust theory of supervised learning (e.g. by devising suitable loss functions for random sets and convex sets of probabilities) and propose an epistemic reinforcement learning framework by reformulating sequential decision making under second-order uncertainty. The new epistemic learning paradigms will be validated in the autonomous driving application scenario.

The Visual Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is a fast-growing research unit currently running on a budget of £3.2 million from nine live projects funded by the EU (2), Innovate UK (2), Leverhulme, EPSRC and others. https://

We are leaders in the field of deep learning for action detection, but our research interests span artificial intelligence, uncertainty theory, machine learning, computer vision, autonomous driving, surgical and mobile robotics, AI for healthcare. The Lab is currently pioneering frontier topics in AI such as machine theory of mind, self-supervised learning, continual learning and future event prediction. The Laboratory is part of the University's new Institute for Ethical AI and is in the process of launching a new start-up to develop the world's first AI-powered coaching app for competitive sports.

You will join a vibrant and fast growing team foreseen to comprise 35+ people in 2022. You will support Prof Cuzzolin in the overall management of the project, and will be assisted by another research fellow and two PhD students on the project. You will be working on a network of cutting edge 4-GPU and 8-GPU workstations, mentor PhD and MSc students and seek additional external funding to complement the Lab's existing activities.

You are encouraged to contact Prof Cuzzolin at for more information and an informal feedback on your application.

As one of the largest employers in Oxford we pride ourselves in the great experience we offer our staff. You'll be joining a friendly, professional environment where every member of staff is recognised as important to the success of Oxford Brookes University. To find out more about the benefits of working for Oxford Brookes please visit: www. vacancies/working-at-brookes.

The University has adopted equality, diversity and inclusion as core values. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates whatever their background, and especially from BAME candidates who are under-represented in our workforce.

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