[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD in Embodied robot interaction at Purdue University (USA)

Wachs, Juan P jpwachs at purdue.edu
Tue May 12 10:40:37 PDT 2015

PhD in Embodied robot interaction at Purdue University (USA)
The Intelligent Systems and Assistive Technologies Labs (ISAT), School of Industrial Engineering, at Purdue University, is seeking for a RA in the field of computer-vision and visual perception.

We are looking for an excellent Research Assistant with a good background in computer vision and robotics, as well as an interest in cognitive sciences. A high level of programming skills is required (C++, Matlab, Python). The applicant must have completed Master studies with thesis in ECE, EE, CS or IE prior to starting the position. The candidate is expected to start in Spring 2015, so he/she needs to apply for the position until July 1, 2015. It is also expected that the candidate will conduct his/her PhD research in this area of work, in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue.

The project is dedicated to the study how physical performance (embodied interaction), such as gesturing, contribute to better communication grounding in human robot interaction (HRI). This involves developing a framework to determine which body expressions best support complex manipulation and control in human-robot teams - of special interest in the surgical setting. The methods required in the project include systematic characterization of gestures during complex task performance; probabilistic modeling of the links between attention, physical interaction, and task performance (e.g. Bayesian networks); automatic segmentation and recognition of gestures (e.g. one shot learning algorithms); and programming robots with autonomous behaviors.

Information and applications:
Please send your CV, including your GPA, TOEFL and GRE, a list of publications/conferences, a representative journal or conference paper, and a list of potential references to:

Prof. Juan Wachs
juan.wachs at gmail.com<mailto:jpwachs at purdue.edu>

Deadline for applications to Dr. Wachs: July 1, 2015. However we will start reviewing applications as we receive them.

Juan P. Wachs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
School of Industrial Engineering Purdue University
315 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765 496-7380 (tel)
765 494-1299 (fax)

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