2 PhD students in social robotics
Sort on published: 2017-10-30
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
The Department of Information Technology (www.it.uu.se) holds a leading position in research as well as teaching at all levels. The department has about 280 employees, including 120 senior faculty and 110 PhD students. More than 4000 students are enrolled annually. For more info: http://www.it.uu.se.
The Division of Visual Information and Interaction (http://www.it.uu.se/research/vi2) is making a strategic initiative towards building a new research strand concerned with the study of intelligent interactive systems, with a specific focus on natural interaction with social artefacts such as embodied virtual agents and, especially, robots.
Description of the subject area: This domain concerns bringing together multidisciplinary expertise to address new challenges in the area of social robotics, including mutual human-robot co-adaptation, multimodal multiparty natural interaction with social robots, multimodal human affect and social behaviour recognition, multimodal expression generation, robot learning from users, behaviour personalisation, effects of embodiment (physical robot versus embodied virtual agent) and other fundamental aspects of human-robot interaction (HRI).
The 2 PhD positions are part of the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie ANIMATAS project (http://animatas.isir.upmc.fr) and are on the following topics:
1) Modelling trust in human-robot educational interactions (ESR3)
2) Learning ethically appropriate robot behaviours (ESR8)
For more information about the topics, see description of ESR3 and ESR8 at this link: http://animatas.isir.upmc.fr/
The Social Robotics Lab led by Dr. Ginevra Castellano at Uppsala University aims to design and develop robots that learn to interact socially with humans and bring benefits to the society we live in, for example in application areas such as education, e-learning, and assistive technology. State of the art robots are used, including the Pepper, Nao and Furhat robotic platforms.
Qualifications required: The candidate must have a MSc degree in computer science or related areas relevant to the PhD topics. Good programming skills are required and expertise in machine learning appreciated. The PhD is highly interdisciplinary and requires an understanding and/or interest in psychology and social sciences.
The positions are for four years full time research education.
Working in Sweden: Sweden is a fantastic place for living and working. Swedes are friendly and speak excellent English. The quality of life is high, with a strong emphasis on outdoor activities. The Swedish working climate emphasizes an open atmosphere, with active discussions involving both junior and senior staff. PhDs are full employees, with standard salaries and five weeks of paid holiday. Spouses of employees are entitled to work permits. Healthcare is free after a small co-pay and the university subsidizes athletic costs, such as a gym membership. The parental benefits in Sweden are among the best in the world, including extensive parental leave (for both parents), paid time off to care for sick children, and affordable daycare.
Applications: Candidates must submit their CV, a letter of application, two letters of reference and academic credentials. Please specify which project you are applying for (ESR3 or ESR8).
The application should be sent to the ANIMATAS recruitment committee, Mohamed Chetouani (network coordinator), Ana Paiva and Arvid Kappas at firstname.lastname@example.org and to the main supervisor of the research project of interest Ginevra Castellano, email@example.com.
More information about eligibility requirements can be found at http://animatas.isir.upmc.fr.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
The department is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance and female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
Information about the position can be provided by Dr. Ginevra Castellano, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 18 471 3463.
For further information, please contact Professor Ingela Nyström, e-mail Ingela.Nystrom@it.uu.se, phone +46 18 471 3470, or Professor Mats Lind e-post email@example.com, telefon +46 18 471 10 04.
Application not later than 14-12-2017.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Information Technology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Last application date: 2017-12-14