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

ecroft at mech.ubc.ca ecroft at mech.ubc.ca
Tue Feb 19 06:51:58 PST 2013

*Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Robot Interaction at UBC*

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

The Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CARIS) Lab is
seeking applications for a one year (renewable) postdoctoral fellowship at
the University of British Columbia in Mechanical Engineering in Vancouver,
CANADA, commencing April 1, 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Background: The Collaborative, Human-Focussed Assistive Robotics for
Manufacturing (CHARM) is a Canadian multi-university-industry project that
exploits an emerging paradigm-shift for manufacturing systems, focussing 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.

The UBC portion of the CHARM team includes two faculty members, two
postdocs and four graduate students.  Our team is situated in the Institute
for Computing Information and Cognitive Systems, supporting collaborative
research in computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical

Project Description: Communication Loop Design. The successful candidate
will be responsible for moving forward our design, implementation and
demonstration of a task related communication loop between a worker and a
robot assistant, utilizing visual and haptic cues in a bilateral closed
loop system. The candidate will take a leadership role in the CARIS lab and
co-supervise students working on sub-projects related to identification of
appropriate and task-related cues, cue recognition and transmission, and
robot control architecture for implicit and explicit communication

Application Criteria: The candidate will have completed Ph.D. research in
Computer Science (Human Robot Interaction), Electrical Engineering
(Robotics), Mechanical/ Mechatronics Engineering, or a comparable
discipline. A general background in human-robot interaction, human-computer
interaction, user studies, and control systems, plus 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/intent 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 that includes full contact

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

                  - Three reference letters (sent separately by referees)

                  - Start date available

                  - Canadian immigration or citizenship status.

IMPORTANT: Please use subject line “HRI postdoc: <lastname.firstname>” for
all components and documents. Complete applications that are received
before March 7, 2013 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:

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