[robotics-worldwide] job advert: research fellow/assistant in Robot Learning

Kerstin Dautenhahn K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Tue Apr 7 11:30:35 PDT 2009

Adaptive Systems Research Group

University of Hertfordshire, UK (www.herts.ac.uk)

Research Assistant/Fellow in Robot Learning
Salary per annum: 20,226 - 27,999 GBP (depending on qualifications and 

A postgraduate/postdoctoral Research Assistant/Fellow post is available in 
the EU Framework VII funded project RoboSkin (Skin-Based Technologies and 
Capabilities for Safe, Autonomous and Interactive Robots). This full-time 
research post will allow the postholder to pursue research into robot 
learning and humanoid robotics as part of a European project. A 
postgraduate successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue 
research towards a PhD.

The RoboSkin consortium consists of several European partners in Italy, UK 
and Switzerland. The UH team is involved in the development of 
skin-recognition algorithms for detecting interaction patterns in 
human-robot interaction games. The development of software for artificial 
skin on a humanoid robot as well as learning and adaptation algorithms, 
based on previous research expertise by the project team, forms a central 
part in the research. The postholder will also have the opportunity to get 
involved in applications of this research in robot assisted play in 
educational settings.

The postholder will be a member of the Adaptive Systems Research Group 
(http://adapsys.feis.herts.ac.uk/) at University of Hertfordshire in the 
School of Computer Science which includes 30 research staff members 
(postdocs and PhD students). The University of Hertfordshire ranks 27th in 
England for post-2008 RAE-funding in Computer Science and Informatics. The 
highly active and multidisciplinary research group has an excellent 
international research track record including research in human-robot 
interaction, social robotics and robot learning.

Applicants for the post should have a strong postgraduate degree (MSc or 
PhD) in Computer Science or a related area as well as a strong 
mathematical background. Applicants are expected to have strong 
qualifications and experience in robot learning, machine learning, or 
related areas, as well as excellent research experience in robot 
programming. Experience in human-robot interaction is desirable. 
Applicants are expected to work independently, but under guidance of and 
in close collaboration with other team members at UH and other project 
partner institutions.

The position is full-time. Work will be based at University of 
Hertfordshire and may include short stays at European partner 
institutions. The position is based on a fixed-term contract for up to 36 
months. Starting date: 1 May 2009 (end date: 30th  April 2012).

All formal applications must be made via the Human Resources Department at 
University of Hertfordshire:

The above website will allow potential applications to find out  more 
information about the post, including a detailed job and person 
specification. Please consult this website in order to evaluate your 
suitability for the post.

For other informal inquiries related to the post please contact Prof. 
Kerstin Dautenhahn (K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk).

Closing date: 28/04/2009

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
URL: http://homepages.feis.herts.ac.uk/~comqkd
E-mail: K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Fax: +44-1707-284-303  Tel: +44-1707-284-333

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