[robotics-worldwide] Job: PhD position in HRI for long-term interaction with children

Kruijff Geert-Jan gj at dfki.de
Fri Feb 19 00:33:53 PST 2010

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The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) has  
an opening in its Language Technology Lab for a


in the area of cognitive systems.

The PhD research position is for a new EU project on human-robot  
interaction (HRI) for long-term interaction with children (EU FP7 ALIZ- 
E, starting March 1 2010). The research position concerns robust  
adaptive processing of spoken situated dialogue, in social-affective  

An ideal candidate will have background in Artificial Intelligence,  
Robotics, or Computational Linguistics, and have experience with  
practical system development. They should have experience in Java and/ 
or C/C++ programming, and feel confident with using UNIX-based  
platforms. A broader interest in issues related to cognitive aspects  
of language comprehension and production, embodied agents and  
communication, cognitive vision, (probabilistic) robotics, machine  
learning, and the relation between communication and other cognitive  
processes such as vision and action planning would be highly welcome.  
Highly valued personal qualities include creativity, open-mindedness,  
team spirit, and a willingness to address novel challenges in unknown  
scientific territory.

The applicant must have a completed MSc degree in Computer Science,  
Computational Linguistics, or a related discipline.

The position is open from March 1 2010. The duration of the contract  
will be until the end of the project (ALIZ-E ends mid-2014).

DFKI GmbH [ http://www.dfki.de ] is located on the campus of Saarland  
University in Saarbrucken, Germany. The university's research groups  
and curricula in the fields of Computational Linguistics and Computer  
Science are internationally renowned. The DFKI LT-Lab [ http://www.dfki.de/lt/ 
  ] offers excellent working conditions in a well-established research  
group. The position provides opportunities to collaborate in a variety  
of international projects. The competitive salary is calculated  
according to qualifications based on DFKI GmbH scales.

For more about research on human-robot interaction at DFKI, see [ http://talkingrobots.dfki.de 
  ]. For more information on ALIZ-E, please contact Dr. Ivana Kruijff- 
Korbayova (email below).

Please send your electronic application (preferably in PDF format) to lt-jobs at dfki.de 
, referring to job opening number 33-09a. A meaningful application  
should include a cover letter, a CV, a brief summary of research  
interests, a statement of interest, and contact information for three  

For questions concerning this job opening, please contact Dr.ing.  
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova [ ivana.kruijff at dfki.de ]

Dr.ir. Geert-Jan M. Kruijff
Senior researcher/Project leader

Language Technology Lab,
Campus D3_2
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3,
D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany

Email:     gj at dfki.de
Phone:   +49.681.302.5153
Fax:         +49.681.302.5338
Mobile:    +49.179.479.5892

Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Firmensitz: Trippstadter Strasse 122, D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster (Vorsitzender)
Dr. Walter Olthoff

Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats:
Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans A. Aukes

Amtsgericht Kaiserslautern, HRB 2313

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