[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Job vacancies at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Research Associates

Angelika Peer angelika.peer at brl.ac.uk
Sun Mar 22 16:12:45 PDT 2015


The Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, 
Bristol is seeking for two

   Research Associates

in the fields of haptic teleoperation and haptic human-robot 
collaboration with deadline April 1st.


Please apply through the UWE website following the link "Jobs at UWE 
Bristol" on http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/workingatuwe and using the 
reference numbers mentioned below.


*Post 1: Research Associate - European Project ReMeDi (Ref:1456090 )*

The ReMeDi project is a 3-year European Union funded project. The 
purpose of the project is to design a robot system that features medical 
tele-examination of patients. Successful medical treatment depends on a 
timely and correct diagnosis, but the availability of doctors of various 
specializations is limited, especially in provincial hospitals or after 
regular working hours. Medical services performed remotely are emerging, 
yet current solutions are limited to merely teleconferencing and are 
insufficient. Use case scenarios targeted in ReMeDi feature a robot 
capable of performing a physical examination, specifically of the two 
most widespread examination techniques i) palpation, i.e. pressing the 
patients stomach with the doctor’s hand and observing the stiffness of 
the internal organs and the patient’s feedback (discomfort, pain) as 
well as ii) ultrasonographic examination. Beside quality 
teleconferencing, ReMeDi will feature a mobile robot (placed in a 
hospital) equipped with a lightweight and inherently safe manipulator 
with an advanced sensorized head and/or ultrasonic probe; and the remote 
interface (placed at the doctor’s location) equipped with sophisticated 
force-feedback, active vision and locomotion capabilities. The system is 
incrementally built following a user-centered design approach, and its 
usability with respect to the patient and the examining doctor is 
extensively studied in real world scenarios of cardiac examination. 
ReMeDi will go beyond classical telepresence concepts: It will capture 
and process multi-sensory data (integrating visual, haptic, speech, 
patient’s emotions and physiological responses) into perception and 
reasoning capabilities making ReMeDi a diagnostic assistant offering 
context-dependent and proactive support for the doctor.

An ongoing key methodology in ReMeDi is to research robust control 
algorithms for encountered-type and model-mediated teleoperation systems 
that take also an optimization of transparency into account. This role 
is to continue our work in this direction.

You will be responsible for continuing the work carried out to date in 
the researching new robust control algorithms for encountered-type and 
model-mediated teleoperation, their formal stability analysis as well as 
their testing in human-robot experiments.

Post overview

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory within the Faculty of Environment and 
Technology of the University of the West of England are seeking to 
appoint a Research Associate) to work on the European Union funded 
ReMeDi project.

The main duties are:

•    To research new robust control algorithms for model-mediated and 
encountered-type telemanipulation
•    To implement the algorithms on a series of robotic platforms using 
ROS and PreemptRT
•    To evaluate the performance of the developed algorithms in 
human-robot experiments
•    To contribute to knowledge through publications of the findings 
from their research to scientific media.


Key selection criteria

•    Master in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or 
Computer Science
•    Previous experience in robot control
•    Knowledge and experience in adaptive control and robust control
•    Experience with ROS (Robot operating system) and real-time 
operating system PreemptRT as well as Matlab/Simulink Real-Time Workshop
•    Strong programming skills in C/C++, Matlab/Simulink, and ROS
•    A track record of academic conference and journal publications in 
the relevant area.
•    Familiarity with the roles and responsibilities of a researcher 
working in a laboratory environment.


*Post 2: Research Associate - European Project MOBOT (Ref:1456097) **
***
MOBOT (Intelligent Active Mobility Assistance Robot integrating 
Multimodal Sensory Processing, Proactive Autonomy and Adaptive 
Interaction) is a 3-year European Union funded project that started in 
February 2013. Its purpose is to support mobility and thus enforce 
fitness and vitality by developing intelligent active mobility 
assistance robots for indoor environments that provide user-centred, 
context-adaptive and natural support. The main driving concept that we 
have been developing, envisions cognitive robotic assistants that act 
(a) proactively by realizing an autonomous and context-specific 
monitoring of human activities and by subsequently reasoning on 
meaningful user behavioural patterns, as well as (b) adaptively and 
interactively, by analysing multi-sensory and physiological signals 
related to gait and postural stability, and by performing adaptive 
compliance control for optimal physical support and active fall prevention.

An ongoing key methodology in MOBOT is the development of safe and 
assistive robot controllers for physical human-robot interaction that 
provide physical, sensorial and cognitive assistance to the elderly 
users of the system. In doing so, special attention has been paid to the 
investigation of energy-based safe robot controllers for continuous 
physical human-robot interaction as well as adaptive shared control 
schemes. This role is to continue our work in this direction.

Post overview

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory within the Faculty of Environment and 
Technology of the University of the West of England is seeking to 
appoint a Research Associate to work on the European Union funded MOBOT 
project.

The main duties are:

•    To develop new, safe and assistive robot controllers for physical 
human-robot interaction that provide physical, sensorial and cognitive 
assistance
•    To implement the algorithms on a series of robotic platforms using 
ROS and PreemptRT
•    To evaluate the performance of the developed algorithms in 
human-robot experiments
•    To contribute to knowledge through publications of the findings 
from their research to scientific media.


Key selection criteria

•    Masters qualification in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science
•    Previous experience in robot control
•    Knowledge and experience in safety of human-robot interaction and 
physical human-robot interaction
•    Experience with ROS (Robot operating system) and real-time 
operating system PreemptRT as well as Matlab/Simulink Real-Time Workshop
•    A track record of academic conference and journal publications in 
the relevant area.
•    Familiarity with the roles and responsibilities of a researcher 
working in a laboratory environment.



*Who we are:*

Bristol Robotics Laboratory is the leading and most comprehensive 
academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It 
is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of 
England (UWE, Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and home to a 
vibrant community of over 100 academics and industry practitioners, 
which lead current thinking in service robotics, intelligent autonomous 
systems and bio-engineering.

An internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Robotics, BRL’s 
state-of-the-art laboratory covers an area of over 3,000 square metres, 
and houses specialist workshops and wet labs, and two flying arenas with 
multiple 3D motion capture systems. It is a unique collaboration that 
harnesses the collective strengths of its university partners, and 
brings together the best expertise from industry and the academic 
community to spearhead Britain’s efforts to be a world leader in modern 
advanced robotics.

****IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE****

When submitting your application please include cover letter, CV, 
transcripts (courses taken including grades) as well as detailed 
information on theses and projects performed and two reference letters. 
Applications missing some of this information cannot be considered.

-- 
Professor in Robotics
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England, Bristol T Block, Frenchay
Campus Coldharbour Lane Bristol BS16 1QY
Phone: +44/117/32-86183
http://www.brl.ac.uk/



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