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Beno Benhabib benhabib at mie.utoronto.ca
Tue Aug 4 11:44:03 PDT 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Socially Assistive Robots

Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral position in socially
assistive robots for eldercare. The project focuses on the development
of the AI, control and sensing needed to design intelligent robots
that can provide assistance with everyday tasks. The project will have
a significant human-robot interaction component in which the developed
robots will be piloted in various long-term care facilities.
Applicants will be a part of an interdisciplinary team consisting of
researchers, industrial partners and healthcare facilities aimed at
developing robotic technologies to promote independence and

Research Area: Applicants should have expertise in social/assistive
robotics, decision making, control, sensing, human-robot interaction,
robotic system design, integration and testing.

Qualifications: We seek candidates with
•        A PhD in engineering or computer science
•        Strong facility in software engineering and implementation
•        Robotics hardware experience
•        Strong mathematical and formal foundations
•        Excellent communication skills (written and oral English)
•        A strong publication record in top ranked robotics  
conferences and journals
•        A record of leadership and teamwork in research
•        Enthusiasm to contribute to their community

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will lead the development
of the robotics project, assist with co-supervision of undergraduate
and graduate students working on the team, and directly collaborate
with partner institutions and companies. The successful applicant will
be a part of the new National Network. Through the network the
successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with top
researchers in this area and develop important R&D skills in this
emerging field of robotics. Through the network the successful
applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with top
researchers in this area and develop important R&D skills in this
emerging field of robotics. The target start date is September 1, 2015
for an initial one-year position. Renewal for another year, up to a
total of two years is possible. The position will remain open until

Research Environment: The position is available in the Autonomous
Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory
(http://asblab.mie.utoronto.ca/) at the University of Toronto.  The
project will build upon the existing robotics hardware and software
that the lab has been developing, examples of which can be found at
Established in 1827, the University of Toronto
(http://www.utoronto.ca/) is recognized as one of the foremost
research-intensive universities in the world. The Faculty of Applied
Sciences and Engineering is located in the heart of the city of
Toronto in Canada. The University of Toronto is consistently ranked as
one of the top 25 universities in the world
and Toronto is rated in the top 5 cities in the world for livability
according to the Economist.

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter specifically addressing the
job requirements stated above, 2) a CV, 3) names and email addresses
of three references who can speak to the research quality of the
applicant, and 4) three first-authored research papers published in
international venues.

Please send inquiries and applications to both:
Goldie Nejat, Director, Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics;
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; and Canada
Research Chair in Robots for Society
nejat at mie.utoronto.ca
Beno Benhabib, Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Robotics and
benhabib at mie.utoronto.ca

Posted: July 30, 2015

Beno Benhabib
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
  and Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
benhabib at mie.utoronto.ca
Profile:  http://www.mie.utoronto.ca/staff/profiles/benhab.html
Lab: http://cimlab.mie.utoronto.ca/
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