[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Job vacancy at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Research Associate - Mechatronics Engineer

Paul Bremner (BRL) paul.bremner at brl.ac.uk
Thu Feb 13 08:33:27 PST 2014

Research Associate - Mechatronics Engineer (Ref:1391021)

'Being There: Humans and Robots in public spaces' is a 3 year EPSRC funded
project where we will investigate human-human and human-robot interactions
in a sensorised public space, using automated affect and behavioural
analysis. The project aims to create a 'model' public space that is endowed
with sensing capabilities to autonomously analyse human social behaviours,
within which tele-operated robots will be used to allow the participation
of remote users. The space will act as a living lab for use in a series of
empirical and experimental social science and psychological studies. These
studies will allow comparative analysis of human-human and human-robot
interactions in public space, and be utilised to investigate the effects of
differences in appearance and behaviours for several robot platforms: NAO,
RoboThespian, Peoplebot, and the open source humanoid robot Poppy.

The Poppy platform is a small open source humanoid robot originally
developed at Inria in Bordeaux (http://www.poppy-project.org/). It will be
further developed in Being There to investigate changes in appearance and
capabilities on human-robot interaction. This exciting role encompasses the
design, implementation and testing of this development work, as part of the
Being There project.

Duration of post: Fixed term, 18 months (Full time)

Salary band:
£27,318 - £30,728

Closing date: 5 Mar 2014

Job overview

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory within the Faculty of Environment and
Technology of the University of the West of England are seeking to appoint
a Research Associate (humanoid robotics focus) to work on the EPSRC funded
project, 'Being There: Humans and Robots in public spaces'.

The main duties are:

- To further develop the Poppy humanoid robot (developed by Inria Bordeaux)
for use as a tele-operated humanoid robot avatar. This will include,
human-like hands for gesturing, embedded control electronics and head

- To build the Poppy robot and evaluate the developments made both in terms
of performance, and their effects on human-robot interaction.

- To contribute to knowledge through publications of the findings from
their research to scientific media.

Key selection criteria

- A Postgraduate degree in robotics or mechatronics

- Strong practical robot/mechanism design skills and use of CAD design
software for rapid prototyping technologies.

- Strong electronic design skills, and embedded programming.

- Excellent communication and organisational skills with and ability to
work on own initiative, prioritise, and plan a varied workload.

Who we are:

Bristol Robotics Laboratory is the leading and largest academic centre for
multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative
partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol)
and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 100
academics and industry practitioners, which lead current thinking in
service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering.

An internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Robotics, BRL's
state-of-the-art laboratory covers an area of over 3,000 square metres, and
houses specialist workshops and wet labs, and two flying arenas with
multiple 3D motion capture systems. It is a unique collaboration that
harnesses the collective strengths of its university partners, and brings
together the best expertise from industry and the academic community to
spearhead Britain's efforts to be a world leader in modern advanced

For full details and how to apply see: http://tinyurl.com/BeingThereRA

Dr. Paul Bremner
Research Fellow
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England
T Building
Frenchay Campus
BS16 1QY
(+44) 0117 328 6336

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