[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc position in reinforcement learning for telepresence robotics at the University of Amsterdam

Shimon Whiteson shimon.whiteson at gmail.com
Sun Apr 13 22:51:21 PDT 2014

The Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a fully funded position for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of reinforcement learning for telepresence robotics  The position is within the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam and will be supervised by dr. Shimon Whiteson and dr. Maarten van Someren.

Application closing date: 15 May  2014
Starting date: 1 December 2014 (somewhat flexible)
Duration: 2 years

The research will focus on the development of new algorithms for discovering socially appropriate behavior for a semi-autonomous telepresence robot by integrating multiple sources of implicit feedback from the robot's environment.  Doing so will require innovation in reinforcement learning, inverse reinforcement learning, semi-supervised learning, etc. The research will be conducted as part of a European project called "Telepresence Reinforcement Learning Social Robot (TERESA)", which the University of Amsterdam coordinates and collaborates on with several other European universities and companies (see http://www.teresaproject.eu).  The project aims to develop a socially intelligent semi-autonomous telepresence robot and successfully demonstrate its application in an elderly day center.

For further information, including instructions on submitting an application, see the official job ad at:


Informal inquiries can be made by email to Shimon Whiteson (s.a.whiteson at uva.nl).

Shimon Whiteson | Assistant Professor
Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group
Informatics Institute | University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904 | 1098 XH Amsterdam
+31 (0)20.525.8701 | +31 (0)6.3851.0110

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