[robotics-worldwide] PhD studentship on Human-Robot Interaction
K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Mon Jun 23 02:05:35 PDT 2008
Human-Robot Interaction: Learning and Adaptation for Robotic Companions as
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom, Science and
Technology Research Institute
Applications are invited for a 3-year studenship in the area of
Human-Robot Interaction in order to study learning and adaptation for
robotic companions as assistive technology.
Contact for informal inquiries: Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn (E-mail: K.
Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk)
Description of Project:
Human-Robot Interaction is a quickly growing research area with a number
of applications in assistive technology. The research team at University
of Hertfordshire led by Prof. Dautenhahn is involved in two European
projects relevant to this studentship, namely IROMEC (where robots serve a
assistive 'toys' for children with special needs, http://www.iromec.org/)
and LIREC (where we study robots as long-term companions e.g. in the
homes of elderly people http://www.lirec.org/).
A key research issue relevant to both projects concerns the adaptation of
the robot.s behaviour. A personalized robot companion needs to know its
users, and be able to adapt in long-term interaction. The PhD project
will focus of the topic of social learning and adaptation, i.e. will
develop the robot.s ability to be taught by its user, and to learn
socially by observing and analyzing the interaction. Such research is
strongly inspired by biology and psychology concerning the way how humans
and other animals learn from each other by observation, interaction and
communication. Another area of inspiration comes from developmental
psychology since infants learn many new skills in interaction with their
caretakers. The group has a strong track record in the area of imitation,
social learning and human-robot interaction. The PhD student will develop
new social learning and adaptation algorithms, as well as participate in
the preparation, implementation and analysis of human-robot interaction
studies. The PhD student would be part of a larger interdisciplinary
research team consisting of researchers working in the above mentioned
European projects, as well as other research group members.
Applicants are required to have a strong first degree or Master.s degree
in Computer Science, Robotics or a related area relevant to the project.
An additional background in human-computer interaction, cognitive science
or psychology is highly desirable. Excellent programming skills are an
essential requirement, as well as general interest in interdisciplinary
research and willingness to collaborate with researchers from other
disciplines. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with excellent
writing and communication skills. The PhD project will be supervised by
Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn (K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk), whom interested
candidates are invited to contact via email in the first instance.
Successful candidates may be eligible for a research studentship award
from the University (equivalent to 12940 GBP per annum bursary plus the
payment of the standard UK student fees).
The studentship offers the opportunity to work within the Adaptive Systems
Research Group (http://adapsys.feis.herts.ac.uk/), a proactive, dynamic
and interdisciplinary research team with an excellent international
research profile and state-of-the-art facilities to conduct research into
human-robot interaction. The University (http://www.herts.ac.uk/) is
located in Hatfield with convenient access to London and nearby
All formal applications must be made via the Research Office: For further
information on the application process and an application form, contact
Mrs Lorraine Nicholls
Research Student Administrator
STRI, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, UK.
Tel: ++ 44 (0) 1707 286083
Fax: ++44 (0) 1707 284185
or email: L.Nicholls at herts.ac.uk
The short-listing process will begin on 25th July 2008.
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn
Professor of Artificial Intelligence
Adaptive Systems Research Group
The University of Hertfordshire, School of Computer Science
College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, United Kingdom
E-mail: K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Fax: +44-1707-284-303 Tel: +44-1707-284-333
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