There is currently one position open at Sony CSL:

Machine vision for agricultural robot

Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France

Job Description

Sony CSL opens a position in machine vision for highly promising field of agricultural robots. The candidate will be working with imaging sensors to detect plants to guide an automatic weeding robot and to monitor crops. The work will focus mostly on RGB+D cameras but other types of imaging sensors are not excluded (near infra-red, hyper-spectral, chlorophyll fluorescence, thermal). The cameras will be used in controlled situations, both indoor and outdoor. The work is part of a larger project to develop new applications for agroecology and micro-farms.

Contract : 12 months (renewable)
Salary : based on experience
Starting date: August 1st, 2017

The candidate should have a work permit allowing work in France.

Candidates should submit the following documents to

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae


The candidate's tasks include the following:

  • acquire visual data,
  • build up computer models of plant architecture using visual data,
  • integrate the algorithms into the robot system,
  • contribute to the protocols of the experiments to validate the algorithms,
  • assist in the evaluation of the experimental results,
  • build an information management system.

Skills & requirements

Theoretical and practical knowledge in:

  • Machine and/or computer vision (segmentation, registration, recognition)
  • Analysis/modeling of 3D data (point clouds, meshes)

Programming skills:

  • C/C++, Java or Python.
  • Experience with web applications (Javascript, nodejs, …) is a plus.


  • Familiar with 3D visualization tools or frameworks (OpenGL, CGAL, PCL,...).
  • Familiarity with machine learning is a plus.
  • Familiarity with GPU computing and/or embedded computing is a plus.
  • Previous work in the field of robotics is definitely a plus.
  • Hands-on, can-do attitude
  • Familiarity with agriculture/gardening/horticulture/biology is a plus.
  • Good English writing skills
  • Fluent in French or English

About Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris

Sony CSL Paris was founded in 1996 and is a small but booming research cell, focusing on the following areas: personal music experience, developmental cognitive robots, self-organizing communication systems, and sustainable environment simulation.

Sony Computer Science Laboratory is engaged in several European projects such as FLOW MACHINES, PRAISE, IDGF, LRN2CRE8 and other projects.

Research in Personal Music Experience focuses on the future of musical listening by building prototypes of interactive devices and ethnographic experiments to see what people find exciting in music and how new ways of listening integrate in their lives.

Research in self-organizing communication systems investigates through computational simulations and mathematical models how a group of autonomous agents could be able to invent and negotiate a communication system similar to human natural languages.

How to build a sustainable society has recently become a major issue as natural resources get depleted and climate change is of great concern. Sony CSL Paris has launched a number of projects to raise awareness about the issues through volunteer computing and participatory food production.

Sony CSL Paris plays a leading role in the areas it has chosen to be active in. It produces a steady stream of papers in the most prestigious journals and conferences. The lab is viewed as highly innovative and plays a leading role in European IT research.