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