[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] Research Fellowship in the domain of Cooperative Work between robotic teams and human teams - University of Coimbra :: Institute of Systems and Robotics

Rui Paulo Rocha rprocha at isr.uc.pt
Sat Mar 1 12:13:46 PST 2014

 Research Fellowship in the domain of Cooperative Work between
 robotic teams and human teams

** Deadline for applications: March 24th, 2014 **
Fellowship start date:  April 1st, 2014

*Description of the open position:
The research fellowship is open for the CHOPIN project  (Cooperation
between Human and rObotic teams in catastroPhic INcidents),  funded by
the Portuguese Science Agency (FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a
Tecnologia) under the contract FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-020377 - see the
abstract of the project below. The fellowship gives to the candidate the
opportunity to integrate a highly dynamic and interdisciplinary research
team: the Artificial Perception for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (AP4ISR)
team of the Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR-UC).
ISR-UC received the outstanding grade “Excellent” as a result of the last R&D
unit evaluation by FCT, being the only Portuguese Electrical and Computer
Engineering unit to receive that distinction. University of Coimbra (UC) was
established in 1290, being one of the oldest universities in continuous
operation in the world. UC is the most cosmopolitan Portuguese university,
being an enchanting academy full of ancient traditions.
For more  information on the project and the position, please read the text 
transcribed below.

*Scientific area:
Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences - Robotics and Automation

A M.Sc. degree (5 years of University Studies) in Electrical/Electronic
Engineering or Computer Science. Preference is given to candidates
with a M.Sc. thesis experience in autonomous mobile robotic systems,
and experience on robots programming in Robot Operating System (ROS).

*Work plan:
The candidate will ensue research work within the CHOPIN project 
(Cooperation between Human and rObotic teams in catastrophic
INcidents, http://chopin.isr.uc.pt) on cooperative/collaborative work
between mobile robot teams and teams of humans. The scientific goals
are: i) developing innovative methods for collaborative context awareness
and efficient information sharing between first responders and robotic
teams in urban search and rescue (SaR) scenarios; ii) proposing
decentralized cooperative architectures for collaborative work between
human and teams; iii) carrying out experimental work with mobile robots
interacting with human teams to validate such methods in realistic SaR

The research work will be carried out at the University of Coimbra
(http://www.uc.pt/en) in the Artificial Perception for Intelligent Systems
and Robotics (AP4ISR) team (http://ap.isr.uc.pt) of the Institute of Systems
and Robotics (http://www.isr.uc.pt). The candidate will be under the
scientific advising of Prof. Rui P. Rocha.

*Temporal span:
The fellowship will start on Apr. 1, 2014, lasting until the end of the
CHOPIN project, with an initial probation period of six (6) months.

*Summary of the CHOPIN project (http://chopin.isr.uc.pt):
Multi-robot systems (MRS) are a sub-class of multi-agent systems
which have great potential as regards parallelism, efficiency and
robustness in tasks which are either distributed in space or too
complex to be accomplished by a single mobile robot. These benefits
hinge on suitable internal team organization to achieve coordination
 and cooperation, which in turn requires efficient sharing of
information. MRS may be very useful on assisting humans in many
distributed activities, especially in hazardous scenarios, by extending
human perception and actuation with distributed sensors and
actuators. The CHOPIN project aims at exploiting this human-robot
symbiosis in the development of human rescuers’ support systems
for small-scale search and rescue missions in urban catastrophic
incidents, an application domain with an unquestionable beneficial
impact on society. A proof of concept will be developed for innovative
techniques about cooperation between teams of human agents and
teams of mobile robotic agents and collaborative context awareness.

*How to apply:
Candidates must express their interest in applying the position by
sending the following documentation by email to rprocha at isr.uc.pt
with the subject [CHOPIN fellowship], before March 24th, 2014:

1. Motivation letter;
2. Detailed CV;
3. Copy of M.Sc. certificate;
4. Any other supporting documents that can display relevant past
experiences according with the profile described above.

Rui Paulo Rocha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor • Senior Researcher

AP4ISR team • Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR)
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Eng. • University of Coimbra
Universidade de Coimbra - Pólo II

Tel.: +351 239 796 256 • Fax: +351 239 796 247
E-mail: rprocha at isr.uc.pt
Web: www.deec.uc.pt/~rprocha

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