[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Disney Research - Postdoc and PhD Internship Positions in Interactive Robotics

Samer Al Moubayed samer at disneyresearch.com
Mon Oct 6 10:04:17 PDT 2014


Open positions for postdoc candidates and internships for PhD students at
Disney Research



Disney Research, Pittsburgh, is announcing several positions for outstanding
postdoctoral candidates and internships for PhD students in areas related to
speech technology, multimodal conversational systems, interactive robotics,
child-robot interaction, human motion modelling, tele-presence, and wireless
computing. Candidates should have experience in building interactive systems
and the ability to build robust demonstrations.


Positions are available immediately, with flexible starting dates before the
beginning of 2015. A detailed description of the positions and about Disney
Research more generally is given below. Interested candidates should send an
email with an up-to-date CV and any questions to
<mailto:drpjobs-sp at disneyresearch.com> drpjobs-sp at disneyresearch.com. Please
make sure to use subject line: DRP-SP-2014.


Postdoctoral positions:

Postdoctoral positions are for 2 years. Candidates should have an
outstanding research record, have published in top-tier journals and
international conferences, and have shown impact on the research in their
field. Candidates must have excellent command of English and a strong
collaborative and team-oriented attitude. Postdoctoral positions are for one
or more of the following areas:


.       Multimodal spoken dialogue systems

.       Adult- and Child-Robot Interaction

.       Sensor fusion and multimodal signal processing

.       Embodied conversational agents and language-based character

.       Tracking, localization, and RFID


All candidates should have excellent programming skills in scripting
languages and in one or more object-oriented programming language. Preferred
candidates will also have strong applied machine learning skills, and
experience in data collection and experiment design with human subjects.


Internships for PhD students:

A number of internships are available for international PhD students in one
of the following areas. The positions are full-time for 4-6 months available
immediately. Candidates should be enrolled in a PhD program in Computer
Science, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline. Applicants must have
at least one publication in a top-tier conference, have excellent written
and oral communication skills, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and enjoy
collaborative and team work.

We have opportunities for internships in a variety of fields including:


.       Nonverbal signal analysis and synthesis for human-like animated

.       Telepresence and Tele-Communication in human-humanoid interaction

.       Speech recognition applications for children

.       Multimodal and incremental dialogue systems

.       Kinematics, biomechanics, human motion modelling, and animatronics

.       Wireless communication, RFID, and mobile computing


Disney Research Labs (Pittsburgh, Boston, LA, and Zurich) provide a research
foundation for the many units within the Walt Disney Company. Including Walt
Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Imagineering, Parks & Resorts, Walt
Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Disney Interactive Media Group, ESPN, and
Pixar Animation Studios.


Disney Research combines the best of academia and industry: we work on a
broad range of commercially important challenges, we view publication as a
principal mechanism for quality control, we encourage and help with the
engagement with the global research community, and our research has
applications that are experienced by millions of people.


Disney Research Pittsburgh is made of a group of a world-leading researchers
working on a very wide range of interactive technologies. The lab is
co-located with Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of Prof.
Jessica Hodgins. Members of DRP are encouraged to interact with the
established research community at CMU and with the business units in Los
Angeles and Florida. As an active member of the research community we
support and assist with publications at top venues.


Disney Research provides very competitive compensations, benefits, and
relocation help.


The Walt Disney Company is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity
Employer and encourages applications from members of under-represented



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