[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc and Research Staff Positions in Interactive Robot Learning at Georgia Tech

Sonia Chernova schernova at gmail.com
Mon Jun 29 13:53:49 PDT 2015

The Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning (RAIL) Lab at Georgia Institute
of Technology invites applications for two openings starting Fall 2015:

1. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Robot Learning

This project focuses on Learning from Demonstration and the development of
algorithms that enable users to effectively communicate high level task
knowledge to robots without programming.   Research will focus on the
development of a novel multi-representational learning framework that
leverages supervised learning and reinforcement learning to provide the
ability to efficiently learn from user demonstrations, corrections,
guidance and reward input.  Our work will leverage RobotsFor.Me, a
web-based, cloud robotics user study framework to enable large scale
evaluation with real users in complex environments.  A successful applicant
should have a strong robotics and/or machine learning background with a
track record of top-tier research publications, including relevant
conferences and journals. A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical or
Mechanical Engineering (or another field clearly related to robotics and/or
machine learning) as well as strong organizational and coordination skills
are a must.  Expertise in working with real robot systems is required.
Candidates will be expected to publish scholarly papers and attend
international conferences, as well as take on a mentorship role for
undergraduate and graduate students.

2. Staff Engineer / Research Scientist

We are developing a large-scale cloud robotics framework that enables
anonymous web users to control physical robots in real time while
visualizing the robot’s environment and internal state in the web browser.
The ultimate goal is to develop a round-the-clock testing facility that
enables robotics researchers to achieve a rapid research development and
evaluation cycle with users of varying backgrounds and levels of
proficiency, allowing for crowdsourcing of a broad range of robotics
applications, including manipulation, object recognition, and policy
learning.  We are seeking candidates with systems integration, interface
design and/or robot control experience.  Candidates should have an interest
in developing fielded systems that will interact with real users.  We are
committed to open source development and candidates are expected to have a
very strong programming background.  Experience with web applications is a

Both positions are for 12 months, with a possible additional 12 month
extension.  Available start dates are flexible but Fall 2015 is preferred.

Applications should be emailed as a single PDF file to Sonia Chernova (
schernova at gmail.com) with the title "Job Application."  The application
document should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research
interests and goals, full list of publications, as well as the names and
contact information of three references who may be contacted for letters of

Sonia Chernova
Catherine M. and James E. Allchin Early-Career Assistant Professor
School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

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