[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc position in Audio-visual perception for Human-Robot social interaction

Jean-Marc Odobez odobez at idiap.ch
Thu Oct 13 05:46:21 PDT 2011

The IDIAP  Research Institute (www.idiap.ch), a laboratory associated 
with  EPFL  (Swiss Federal  Institute  of  Technology, Lausanne)  seeks 
qualified candidates for

1 Post-doc position in Audio-visual perception for Human-Robot social 

The research will be conducted in the context of the HUMAVIPS 
(http://humavips.inrialpes.fr/) project, a 3-year project funded by the 
European Community. The overall goal of the project is to endow a 
humanoid robot  (NAO) with audio-visual sensing and interaction 
capabilities allowing him to navigate in a complex  environment, 
localize a group of people, join it and interact with it.

The research done at Idiap will focus on the later parts, namely:
i) the design of multimodal perceptual algorithms to recognize human 
non-verbal behaviors (when people speak, whom they look at);
ii) new approaches to model and identify people interactions and 
relationships (e.g. who speaks to whom);
iii) exploit the recognized conversational patterns and relationship in 
a robot-to-group of people multimodal interface design allowing the 
robot to find the appropriate time ways to initiate and take part to a 

The postdoctoral  researcher will address one of the above theme.
She/he should have  a  strong background  in  statistics, applied 
mathematics, and computer vision.
Experience (both from the modeling and hands on perspectives) in one or 
several of the following areas is required:
- human-human communication modeling;
- robot interaction modeling;
- human-robot or human-computer multimodal interface design.
The position offers the opportunity to collaborate with the best 
research teams in Europe, and involvement in PhD supervision.

Starting date: as soon as possible.
The initial appointment will be until the end of the project (31/01/2013).

The salary ranges from CHF 70 000  to 75 000/year according to training 
and previous experience.

For further details and application please contact:

Jean-Marc Odobez (odobez at idiap.ch, tel : +41 (0)27 721 77 26)

About IDIAP:
Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and 
supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole 
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It is located in the town of 
Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of Switzerland, 
surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exciting 
recreational activities, including hiking,
climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities. It is within 
close proximity to Geneva and Lausanne. Although Idiap is located in the 
French part of Switzerland, English is the working language. Free French 
lessons are provided.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a 
young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal 
opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of 
Women in Science" European initiative. The Institute seeks to maintain a 
principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the 
best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and 
equally encourage both genders to apply.

Jean-Marc Odobez,
IDIAP Senior Researcher,
EPFL Maitre d'Enseignement et de Recherche (MER)
IDIAP Research Institute (http://www.idiap.ch)
Tel: +41 (0)27 721 77 26
Web: http://www.idiap.ch/~odobez

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