[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD studentships in Human-Robot Interaction

Dautenhahn, Kerstin k.dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Thu Sep 4 03:12:10 PDT 2014

PhD studentships in Human-Robot Interaction
Adaptive Systems Research Group
University of Hertfordshire, UK

Contact for informal inquiries: Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn
(Email: K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk)

The research group at University of Hertfordshire has extensive experience in human-robot interaction research. One key aim is to develop robots that can take the role of a companion robot, in different application areas including robot-assisted therapy for children with autism, as well as the support of elderly people living at home. Alongside this application-oriented work, the team is studying fundamental aspects of human-robot interaction. The two studentships are dedicated to the study of human-robot  behaviour coordination and people's perceptions of robots in HRI scenarios. This work is highly interdisciplinary and requires an understanding and/or interest in related relevant work in psychology, neurobiology and human-computer interaction. The students will be part of the Adaptive Systems research group at University of Hertfordshire which consists of six academic members and 40 research staff/students. The group is equipped with state of the art humanoid and no-humanoid experimental platforms (e.g. care-o-bot, icub, KASPAR, Sunflower).

The PhD projects will use existing state of the art robot hardware. The design, preparation, implementation and analysis of human-robot interaction experiments will form an important part in this project.

Applicants are required to have a strong first degree or Master degree in Computer Science, Robotics or a related area relevant to the project. An additional background in human-computer interaction, cognitive science or psychology is highly desirable. Excellent programming skills are essential (including C++), the ability to interface robot sensors and develop software on robots is a necessary requirement of this studentship, as well as a general interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines. The ideal candidate will be self- motivated with demonstrated good writing and communication skills. The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn (K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk), and interested candidates are invited to contact her email in the first instance. Note, all applications must be made formally via our Research Office.

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (approximately £13,800 per annum bursary plus the payment of the standard UK/EU student fees).

Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent by the latest Research Assessment Exercise, with 55% of the research submitted being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The Science and Technology Research Institute provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialized and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, just north of London.

Further information and an application form can be obtained from the Research Office: Mrs Lorraine Nicholls, Research Student Administrator, STRI, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, Tel: 01707 286083, email: l.nicholls at herts.ac.uk. Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year. The short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on 12 September 2014.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn
Adaptive Systems Research Group
School of Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom
FAX: +44 1707-284303
TEL: +44 1707-284333

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