[robotics-worldwide] Research Position at McGill University on haptic interaction for walking in VR

yon yon at cim.mcgill.ca
Thu Jan 22 06:21:32 PST 2009

Research engineer or postdoctoral position at McGill University  
(Montreal, Canada) on haptic 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 haptic engineering motivated by  
the challenge of enabling walking in virtual and augmented reality  
environments.  The aim is to investigate novel interfaces for  
interaction via walking, and the design of haptic or multisensory  
rendering techniques for simulating interaction with natural materials.

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

- Engineering of haptic devices for interaction via floor surfaces
- Haptic synthesis of interaction with novel materials (e.g., soil,  
sand, stone)
- Haptic simulation, display and evaluation of such interactions
- Multimodal (audio and haptic) rendering
- Measurement-based contact interaction modeling
- Novel sensor network design for distributed interactive floor surfaces

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

- Haptic synthesis
- Haptic device engineering and control
- Multisensory rendering
- Robotic systems
- Sensor networks
- 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 Développement, Économique, Innovation et  
Exportation (Québec).  The project is being undertaken in partnership  
with leading European research institutions in France, Italy, and  
Denmark, 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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