[robotics-worldwide] Research Position (Engineer or Postdoc) at McGill University on walking interfaces in VR

yon yon at cim.mcgill.ca
Fri Nov 28 16:29:35 PST 2008

Research engineer or postdoctoral position at McGill University  
(Montreal, Canada) on haptic and multisensory interaction methods for  
walking in virtual and augmented reality environments

The Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University seeks  
applicants for a research position on walking in haptic and  
multisensory virtual and augmented reality environments.  The aim is  
to investigate novel methods and interfaces for interaction via  
walking, and for the role of multisensory cues in improving such  
interactions in real and virtual environments.

There are several possible sub-projects the researcher may engage  
with, depending on interests and expertise:

- Engineering of haptic and multisensory augmented floor interfaces
- Non-visual sensing methods
- Machine learning applied to human locomotion signatures
- Haptic and auditory interaction with simulated ground materials  
(e.g., soil, sand, stone)
- Measurement based contact interaction modeling
- Perception and/or usability

The candidate should have a PhD in a related discipline, and should  
possess experience in one or more of the following areas:

- Robotic systems
- Haptic device engineering
- Multisensory rendering
- Multimodal sensor information processing and machine learning
- Computational analysis of human motion
- Other relevant topics

Work will take place in the context of the project NIW: Natural  
Interactive Walking, funded by the European Commission 7th Framework  
and the Ministère du Développmeent, Économique, Innovation et  
Exportation (Québec).  The project is being undertaken in partnership  
with several leading European research institutions, with significant  
exchange between them.

The position is initially for two years.  It will be based in the  
Shared Reality Environments lab of the Centre for Intelligent  
Machines at McGill University.  The lab is also affiliated with the  
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology.

The position is available effective immediately.  A short list of  
candidates will be interviewed, either in person or by videoconference.

Interested candidates should send their CV, selected publications,  
and contact information for three references to:

Jeremy Cooperstock
niw-jobs at cim.mcgill.ca
Associate Professor
Centre for Intelligent Machines and
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
McGill University
3480 University Street, Room 424
Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7, Canada

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