[robotics-worldwide] Positions at Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory, UAEU

Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory UAEU irmluaeu at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 09:53:27 PDT 2008

EE/CS/Interactive Media POSITIONS at IRML, UAE


Interactive Robots & Media Laboratory
United Arab Emirates University
Asst. Prof. Nikolaos Mavridis
Director, IRML
PhD, MIT Media Laboratory

Position grades:
- faculty members
- visiting PhD students
- full-time engineer / computer scientist
- summer internship

The Interactive Robots & Media Laboratory (IRML) at UAEU is seeking
and/or computer scientists to take part in exciting research projects.

The lab
Core research areas include (but are not limited to):
conversational humanoid robotics, language grounding, as well as human-robot

The lab is equipped with multiple robots (mobile tour guide robots,
manipulator arms,
mini vehicles), state-of-the-art full-body motion capture, cybergloves and
wireless 6DOF
sensors, as well as advanced vision systems.

Furthermore, IRML has continuous access to color 3D printing and 3D
as well as to a machine shop, and microcontroller / electronics labs,
for prototyping novel interactive devices. In terms of computational
a high-performance grid computer with 1T Flop will soon be available for

There is also close contact with numerous world-class institutions
and companies in the field, across three continents.

Finally, a world-class humanoid conversational robot project is under
development (the "IbnSina" robot, named after the famous muslim polymath),
with collaborations from leading figures from the US, Japan, and more.

Desired qualifications
- Relevant Background in CS, EE, or Interactive Media
- Degree depending upon position grade (Bs, MS, PhD)
- Coding experience/expertise (C++ / Matlab / Java)
- Engineering / real world troubleshooting skills
- Interest and experience in one or more of the following technical areas:
        human-robot interaction, AI, computer vision, language processing,
- Interest in cognitive science and philosophy advantageous
- Team working skills
- Most importantly, desire, imagination, systematicity and persistance
        in order to create the interactive robots and media of the future

Furthermore, there is the possibility of visiting PhD students:
i.e. annual residence at the lab and thesis readership / co-advising
 for students already pursuing a PhD at other universities.

Depending on grade, most positions include free housing and zero tax.
More than one and a half months of holidays per year.

The University
UAEU is the oldest university in the country, and has recently been ranked
as the second best research university in the Arab world. It is a
university consisting of ten colleges and having more than 15000 students.
The college of IT of UAEU has recently moved to an ultra-modern
equipped building, and is currently undergoing rapid expansion.

The place
Al Ain is strategically located in one-hour driving distance from
both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is a beautiful oasis city of half a million,
and a favourite cultural retreat for residents of the UAE. It has an
international airport, two ultra-modern shopping malls with ice-skating
facilities, various recreational facilities, and a picturesque traditional
city centre, among many other attractions.

Dubai, being easily accessible by car from Al Ain (one hour), is a vibrant
liberal multicultural city, the main commercial hub of the middle east,
and one of the most enjoyable places to visit, where imagination is realized
everyday through projects that exist nowhere else in the world:
the tallest building in the world (under construction),
the most luxurious hotel in the world (Burj Al Arab),
man-made island communities in the shapes of palms visible from
space, rich shopping malls with artificial skiing centers.
The world's finest cultural and artistic events also abound.
In short, there are excellent opportunities for an exciting cosmopolitan
in an exotic multicultural environment, where nothing is impossible.

Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis
PhD, MIT Media Lab
Asst. Professor of IT, UAEU
NikolaosM at uaeu.ac.ae
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