[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD in AI and Human-Robot Interaction, at Umea University, Sweden
thomash at cs.umu.se
Thu Nov 17 09:27:57 PST 2016
Research topic: Intention recognition by language analysis and task planning
Umeå University is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student
position in Human-Robot Interaction at the Department of Computing
Science. The Department of Computing Science is a dynamic environment
with around ninety employees representing more than ten countries
worldwide. We conduct education and research on a broad range of topics
in Computing Science. The Robotics Group at the department conducts
research in both Field robotics and Cognitive robotics.
The recruitment is done as part of SOCRATES (SOcial Cognitive Robotic
Agents in The European Society), a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie European
Training Network (ETN) comprising 7 universities/research institutes:
Umeå University and Örebro University in Sweden, Universität Hamburg and
Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart in Germany, CSIC Barcelona in Spain,
University West of England, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in
Israel. Additional non-academic partners are: Pal Robotics, Adele
Robots, Alfred Nobel Science Park, Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP, Center for
Digital Innovation, UMINOVA, Asea Brown Boveri, S.A, and Fundació ACE.
In total 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited as PhD
students for research on various aspects of social robotics aiming at
eldercare. The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical
design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalisation, user
studies, and robot ethics. The researchers will receive training in both
academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a
career in both academy and industry. The training includes a research
project, courses, seminars, and workshops. An overview of all available
positions can be found at www.socrates-project.eu.
For this particular position, the research goal is to develop
methodology to infer human intention from natural language sentences of
varying linguistics types. For imperative sentences, we have earlier
shown how semantic roles can be mapped to intention using machine
learning, and will extend this work by using dependency parsing for
analysis of compound noun phrases. For declarative sentences, a task
planner will be incorporated to infer implicit intention from general
planning goals and current state information. During a secondment to
Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, visual-sensor based intention recognition
will be integrated. During an industrial secondment to PAL Robotics in
Barcelona, results will be implemented and evaluated on the TIAGo
About the position
The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary for a period
of four years full time research, provided that expected study and
research results are achieved. No teaching is expected. The salary will
be based on the standard Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher
living and mobility allowances. Expected starting date is 1st of April 2017.
The applicant is required to have completed a second- cycle level
degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits,
of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an
equivalent education from overseas, or equivalent qualifications. To
fulfill the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in
computing science, the applicant is required to have completed courses
at second-cycle level degree equivalent to 60 ECTS credits in computing
science, or in a subject considered to be directly relevant for the
specialisation in question.
Experience in natural language processing, machine learning, and
robotics are important merits, as well as relevant programming skills.
Since the research is conducted in an international research
environment, the ability for good teamwork, and a very good command of
the English language, both written and spoken, are key requirements.
To promote mobility, the following rule applies: At the time of
recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their
main activity in Sweden for more than 12 months during the last 3 years.
Compulsory national service, work in international organisations, and
short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. The applicants
must not, at the time of recruitment, have spent more than 4 years doing
research, and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
Applications must be submitted electronically and be received no later
than November 30, 2016. For further details see
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