[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc opportunity in language, reasoning, and planning at ARL

Garrett Warnell warnellg at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 08:35:06 PST 2015

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher
to bridge the gap between humans and autonomous systems by developing a
controlled language to reason and communicate about human intent as it
applies to commands a robot receives. In robotics, practitioners often
program autonomous systems by developing monolithic behaviors that, when
correctly parameterized, will cause the system to act as desired. However,
setting these parameters is often more art than science, and we cannot
expect an average user to effectively task the system unless they have only
the simplest tasks in mind. ARL desires a controlled language that both
concisely describes the capabilities of autonomous systems, as well as
enables common-sense reasoning and representation of implicit goals that
will let the system fill instructional gaps from novice users.

In this position, the Researcher will work on a cross-disciplinary team
comprised of researchers in computational linguistics, computer vision,
machine learning, and experimental robotics to develop a system for
interacting with humans—the goal being to develop and evolve complex plans
carried out by autonomous systems. The primary responsibilities of the
Researcher will be learning how we can use language to link the domains of
intent reasoning and action, and developing such a language to enable
experiments with humans and robot teams operating in dynamic environments.

The candidate must have a PhD or equivalent degree, and should have an
interest and background in formal methods, knowledge representation and
reasoning, computational linguistics, control policies, or AI planning.

The position is available immediately with a duty location at the Adelphi
Laboratory Center (ALC), Adelphi, MD.

To learn more about the position, or to apply, please send questions or a
CV to Dr. Ethan Stump via email at ethan.a.stump2.civ at mail.mil.

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