[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] open position for a Ph.D. student in Emotions and Human Motion
rriemer at bgu.ac.il
Tue Nov 29 18:04:36 PST 2016
Raziel Riemer , PhD
Biomechanics and Robotics Lab
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
email- rriemer at bgu.ac.il
*Looking for a Ph.D. student position in Emotions and Human Motion*
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Agricultural, Biological, Cognitive Robotics Initiative
Research topic: Emotion recognition and expression based on Human Motion*
The research project is aimed at examining the effects of people’s emotional
state on their body motion. Based on data generated in lab experiments using
a Motion Capture System, we will investigate the relation between human
emotion and their motion and will develop models and algorithms for emotion
recognition based on human motion. Such models may be used to develop robots
that express emotion in their motion and/or devices that can recognize
people’s emotional state by monitoring their motions. The project is a mix
of data acquisition of motion data, theoretical work, and implementation
The applicant must have completed a M.Sc. or M.A. thesis in Engineering,
Computer Sciences, Psychology or Cognitive Sciences. The applicant must be
skilled in both oral and written communication in English, can work
independently as well as in collaboration with others. We are looking for
candidates with strong technical and programming skills. Experience in
traditional biomechanics and motor control research techniques, such as
motion capture, force measurement, electromyography, programming
(MATLAB/C++/python), and statistics are merits. Candidates should have
interest in understanding human behavior (although should not necessarily
have background in such topics) and be passionate about learning
and developing knowledge in a novel and exciting area.
*Ben-Gurion University of the Negev*
BGU is an internationally recognized research university that attracts
outstanding faculty and researchers from around the world with over 19,000
students. Advance innovative multidisciplinary robotics research at BGU is
conducted under the auspices of the ABC Robotics Initiative
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.
*About the position*
The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary for a period of
three 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 for
excellent applicant this date might be delayed to May- June .
A complete application should contain the following documents:
• A cover letter including a description of your research interests, your
reasons to apply for the position, and your contact information.
• A curriculum vitae.
• Copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed
academic courses and obtained grades.
• Copy of completed MSc or MA thesis and other original research
• Contact information for three persons willing to act as references
(including your thesis advisor).
• Documentation of programming skills and software development experience.
*Applications must be submitted electronically to the following email to
socrates at post.bgu.ac.il by December 23, 2016. *
For more information about the project and this and other possible other
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
For additional information about the position, please contact:
Dr. Raziel Riemer riemer at bgu.ac.il
For general information about the SOCRATES project, please contact:
Prof. Thomas Hellström thomash at cs.umu.se
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