[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Ph.D. student position in Multimodal Human/Robot Interaction (GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble - France)

Gerard Bailly gerard.bailly at gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr
Wed Dec 17 03:01:35 PST 2014

PhD position in Multimodal Human/Robot Interaction and Immersive 
Teleoperation of Humanoid Robots

A funded Ph.D. student position is available in the ANR project SOMBRERO 
due to start anytime from the 1st of january 2015. The overall aim of 
the project is to use immersive teleoperation (beaming) of humanoid 
robots to help them acquiring social skills. The key idea of the project 
is to ask a human pilot to interact with end-users via a target robotic 
embodiment. Thanks to immersive teleoperation, the pilot remotely 
perceives and acts on the local scene via the sensors and actuators of 
the robot. The robot will thus passively experience social behaviors and 
store multimodal scores into its behavioral memory in order to further 
use machine learning techniques for building context-sensitive 
behavioral models.

The successful candidate will complement an interdisciplinary team of 
researchers with expertise in speech processing, multimodal interaction 
and machine learning as well as embodied cognition. The target robot is 
the GIPSA talking iCub, called Nina. The successful candidate will 
support the project by (a) complementing the current beaming platform 
for dealing with body and hand movements; (b) extending statistical 
behavioral models developed by our group and (c) testing these 
behavioral models in realistic interactive scenarios with end-users. The 
candidate is expected to explore statistical sequential modeling (such 
as HSMM, DBN, POMDP, etc) with large state and observation spaces.

The successful candidate is expected to hold an education in computer 
science or similar and the preferred candidate has experience with:

  * Machine learning
  * Signal processing & vision
  * Multimodal interaction
  * Control of modular robots, behavior-based control
  * Embodied artificial intelligence

The successful candidate will join ”Cognitive Robotics, Interactive 
Systems and Speech Processing” (CRISSP) which is a newly created 
research team at the GIPSA-Lab (see 
http://www.gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr) at Grenoble University.

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Kind regards,

Gerard Bailly
CNRS Senior Research Director
Gerard Bailly
GIPSA-Lab UMR 5216 - Speech & Cognition dpt
11, rue des Mathematiques
38402 St Martin d'Heres - France
Tel: (33|0) 476 574 711
Mob: (33|0) 681 895 009

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