[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Robot Interaction at UBC

Elizabeth Croft ecroft at mech.ubc.ca
Mon Jun 6 13:25:12 PDT 2011

*Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Robot Interaction at UBC*

CARIS Lab <http://www.caris.mech.ubc.ca/> – Institute for Computing,
Information and Cognitive Systems <http://www.icics.ubc.ca/>
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada <http://www.ubc.ca/>
Professor Elizabeth Croft

The Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CARIS) Lab is
seeking applications for a postdoctoral fellowship (one year, renewable) at
the University of British Columbia in Mechanical Engineering in Vancouver,
CANADA, *commencing August 1, 2011,* or as soon as possible thereafter.

*Background: *This project exploits an emerging paradigm-shift for
manufacturing systems, which relies on the use of intelligent robotic
assistants that can collaborate both directly and physically with human
co-workers in their tasks as part of the production team. Our advances will
be driven by a primary understanding of the support needs of workers in
advanced manufacturing plants, and implemented using new technologies and
methods generated by the research team and by our industrial partner, a
major user and innovator of large-scale industrial automation.  Our results
will be deployed, tested and evaluated on a unified platform for
industry-identified representative challenge tasks.

*Project Description: Communication Loop Design. *The successful candidate
will be responsible for the design, implementation and demonstration of the
communication loop between a robot and human, utilizing observed human cues
and robot feedback signals. They will take a leadership role in the CARIS
lab and co-supervise students working on sub-projects related to cue
recognition and transmission, robot teach-by-showing, and robot control
architecture for implicit communication behaviour.  The candidate will work
closely with two other postdoctoral fellows, one working on user studies and
evaluation for Robot-Assistant-in-Automation-Task-Design, and one focusing
on Kinodynamic-Collaboration-Cues-for-Cooperative-Tasks.

*Application Criteria: *The candidate will have *completed* Ph.D. research
in Computer Science (Human Robot Interaction), Electrical Engineering,
Mechanical/ Mechatronics Engineering, or a comparable discipline(s). A
general background in human-computer interaction, user studies, control
systems, evidence of independent work, strong team skills, and excellent
communication abilities are important. In addition, he or she will have one
and ideally more of the following skills or background experience,
demonstrated by a corresponding publication record.

               - Hands-on experience working with mechatronic/robotic

               - Robotics and controls

               - Machine learning techniques, including their application to
realtime affect modeling

               - Familiarity with industrial automation environments

               - Human attentional processing

               - Iterative design and prototyping

*To Apply: *Please send the following information (pdf format preferred) to
caris.ubc at gmail.com*:*

               - A brief letter of application, clarifying the projects
area(s) of interest and fit to the area(s)

               - A curriculum vitae which includes full contact information

               - List of publications with links to pdf-versions of the
three most relevant publications

               - Three reference letters (sent separately)

*IMPORTANT: Please use subject line “HRI postdoc: <lastname.firstname>” for
all components and documents. *Complete applications that are received *
before* *July 11, 2011* will be given priority.  *Early applications are
encouraged and will be reviewed on an “as arrived” basis.*

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is
committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to

*For more information, please see:*

- UBC’s CARIS Lab: http://caris.mech.ubc.ca/
- UBC’s Department of Mechanical Engineering: http://www.mech.ubc.ca/.
- Vancouver, recognized as one of the most liveable cities in the world:

Elizabeth A. Croft, Ph.D., P.Eng, FASME, FEC
*Professor & NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC and
**Director, Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Laboratory <http://www.caris.mech.ubc.ca/>
*Mechanical Engineering <http://mech.ubc.ca/>, Faculty of Applied
University of British Columbia <http://www.ubc.ca/>
Direct. 604.822.6614 |Assistant. 604.822.6584 |fax. 604.822.2403
@WWESTubc <http://twitter.com/#!/wwest>, @ecroft<http://twitter.com/#!/ecroft>

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