[robotics-worldwide] (Post-)Graduate Research Associate in Cognitive Robotics, University of Wales, Newport

Torbjorn Dahl Torbjorn.Dahl at newport.ac.uk
Thu Dec 2 16:07:13 PST 2010

(Post-)Graduate Research Associate in Cognitive Robotics
£28,139 - £32,620

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (RA) position in the Cognitive Robotics Research Centre (CRRC - http://crrc.newport.ac.uk<http://crrc.newport.ac.uk/>) at the University of Wales, Newport.  The position is partly funded by the ROBOSKIN project (http://www.roboskin.eu<http://www.roboskin.eu/>) which is studying skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe, autonomous interactive robots, and partly by CRRC. This is a 12 month fixed term contract.

The ROBOSKIN project is a European collaboration that includes five other partners across Europe: the University of Genoa, the University of Cagliari and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) from Italy, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.  The work will focus on behaviour modelling and reinforcement learning related to employing a novel tactile sensor (robot skin) on the Nao humanoid robot platform.  The work will mainly take place in Newport, UK, but will require visits to our European partners.

CRRC also uses the RoboCup competition as one of the main application domain for its research.  The centre has six Nao robots and aim to participate in the 2011 RoboCup competition in Istanbul.  CRRC successfully arranged the first UK RoboCup event, RC4EW, in Ebbw Vale this summer and our team, Noxious, is a collaboration between the University of Wales, Newport, the University of Oxford and the Technical University of Crete.  Some travel will also be required as part of this collaboration.

Candidates should have good programming skills, demonstrable research experience and experience from work on humanoid robots, preferably the Nao platform. The post requires a BSc/BEng in a relevant discipline.  For informal queries, please contact torbjorn.dahl at newport.ac.uk<mailto:torbjorn.dahl at newport.ac.uk>.

To make an application please visit http://www.newport.ac.uk/jobs/.

Ref: NBS49
Closing Date: 17 December 2010 at 12 noon.

Torbjørn S. DAHL, MEng, PhD, MIET, ACGI
Reader in Cognitive Robotics - Leader of the Cognitive Robotics Research Centre
Newport Business School - University of Wales, Newport
Allt-yr-yn Campus, Allt-yr-yn Avenue, Newport NP20 5DA, UK
e-mail: torbjorn.dahl at newport.ac.uk     web-site: http://staff.newport.ac.uk/tdahl01
phone: +44 (0)1633 432344    fax: +44 (0)1633 432307    skype: torbjorn.s.dahl

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