[robotics-worldwide] PhD and Postdoc positions in Human-Oriented Robotics, University of Freiburg

Kai Oliver Arras arras at informatik.uni-freiburg.de
Mon Nov 5 06:23:52 PST 2012

PhD and Postdoc positions in Human-Oriented Robotics, University of  

The Social Robotics Laboratory at the University of Freiburg, Germany,  
is seeking for several highly motivated and qualified PhD and  
postdoctoral researchers in the areas of social/human-oriented  
robotics. The openings are in the European project SPENCER, "Social  
situation-aware perception and action for cognitive robots" (FP7  

1. PHD POSITION: Perception and Analysis of Social Groups

Topic: Detecting, tracking, and analysis of people and groups of  
people from sensory data (3D, vision, RGB-D). Recognition of human  
attributes, estimation and tracking of social relations, social  
activities, and social hierarchy, robust inference of group  
affiliations between humans from mobile platforms. Uses techniques  
from: computer vision, tracking, machine learning, social computing.

2. PHD POSITION: Learning of and Planning with Socially Normative  

Topic: Learning of human social navigation and interaction behavior  
for robots from demonstration and/or observation. Derivation of  
dynamic social constraints and their seamless integration into task,  
motion, and/or interaction planning for autonomous robots in real- 
world populated environments. Uses techniques from: machine learning,  
robot motion planning, human-robot interaction, social signal processing

3. POSTDOC POSITION: Perception and Action for Social Situation-Aware  

The candidate is envisioned to conduct independent research in these  
or related areas, co-supervise the two PhD students and work with  
undergraduate students. He/she is also the scientific manager of  
SPENCER. This includes co-responsibility for the project's scientific  
and technical aspects in a management team of three persons. This is a  
great career opportunity with the chance to learn or further develop  
skills in scientific research, project coordination, people  
management, and networking.

Desired skills: the postdoc candidate has the best possible match with  
the following profile
- Strong theoretical background and sound scientific work methodology
- Genuine interest in the research topics described above
- Background in computer vision, machine learning and/or robot motion  
- Experienced C++ programmer, experience in working with real robotic  
- Well organized and good communication skills

Employment Details

One position is available immediately, two are available in April  
2013. All positions are 100% employments, E13 (PhD) and higher  

About the Social Robotics Laboratory

The Social Robotics Laboratory headed by Prof. Kai Arras is a young  
and highly motivated research group and international leader in  
perception and modeling of people for robots in human environments. We  
work in an open-minded, creative atmosphere with flat hierarchies and  
welcome any stimulating discussions on how to solve the unsolved. The  
lab maintains close ties to top universities and key industrial  
stakeholders in Germany, Europe, and the USA. We provide an ideal  
environment for launching a successful career in academia or industry.

How to Apply

Please email your application, including cover letter (with a clear  
motivation), CV, and the contact information for at least two  
references as a single PDF file with PHD/POSTDOC APPLICATION in the  
subject line to Kai Arras: arras at informatik.uni-freiburg.de

Relevant Links:

* SRL Lab: http://srl.informatik.uni-freiburg.de
* University of Freiburg: http://www.uni-freiburg.de
* Freiburg, Germany: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freiburg
* Kai Arras: http://www.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~arras

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