[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two fully funded Ph.D positions in Social Robotics @ AASS, Orebro University, Sweden

Amy Loutfi Amy.Loutfi at oru.se
Wed Oct 12 08:28:00 PDT 2016


The Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS)  at Örebro
University has openings for 2 fully funded  PhD  projects (4 years) in
Social Robotics. The PhDs will specifically be on 1.) Social robotic
telepresence with sliding autonomy and 2.) Measuring Interaction
Effectiveness in Social 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). More information on each position and how to apply is
provided below.

The expected starting date for both PhD positions is 1st of April. We want
your applications no later than November 30, 2016.

For formal inquiry contact: Prof. Amy Loutfi (amy.loutfi at oru.se)


Research Topics
----------------------------
Topic 1: Social robotic telepresence with sliding autonomy

Mobile robotic telepresence is used as a social communication aid for older
adults, with remote users steering the robot in its environment using
feedback from a robot's sensors. For unfamiliar drivers, this often creates
a heavy workload and therefore reduces focus on social interaction.
One way to reduce the workload is to introduce autonomy to assist the remote
user in operating the robot. Sliding autonomy is a way to automatically
adapt the level of autonomy depending on the current context.The researcher
will study how sliding autonomy can be implemented in social robotic
telepresence by taking into considerations non-verbal cues as well as social
norms.
The researcher will also study the effect of sliding autonomy on the
workload for operating the robot, and on the associated interaction quality.
The researcher will undertake two secondments: (1) an academic secondment to
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel, to work on
interface design for teleoperated robots;
(2) an industrial secondment to Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, Germany, to
study cost-effective solutions to support sliding autonomy.


Further information about this position, the requirements and how to apply
can be found at:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.oru.se_english_working-2Dat-2Dorebro-2Duniversity_jobs-2Dand-2Dvacancies_-3Frm&d=DQIF_w&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=NcZkyeigKWF9HUchiEFZ8VFgf7qKDfyyGhCTWnTgu1Y&s=LZKVht9pXZ-7M3XJfycpZ1HfqZa_eb3Ci65hfOmsAb0&e= 
page=job&rmjob=2553&rmlang=UK


Topic 2: Measuring Interaction Effectiveness in Social Robotics

Initial studies on mobile robotic telepresence suggest that evaluation using
a combination of qualitative and quantitative data can lead to a greater
understanding of the perceived safety and security. The research goal for
this particular position is to test
this hypothesis, and to extend the work to include autonomous robot systems
operating at varying levels of autonomy, and with varying levels of social
behavior. The end result will advance the SoA regarding autonomous systems
supporting independent living with respect
to: (1) the systems’ ability to increase the sense of safety and security,
(2) the relation between interaction quality, level of autonomy and sense of
safety and security, and (3) new quantitative measures that can support
qualitative evaluation tools. During a secondment
 to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel, evaluation
procedures will be compared and combined. During an industrial secondment
to Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, alternative approaches to evaluation of
social robots will be investigated and compared,
possibly leading to modified procedures.

Further information about this position, the requirements and how to apply
can be found at:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.oru.se_english_working-2Dat-2Dorebro-2Duniversity_jobs-2Dand-2Dvacancies_-3Frm&d=DQIF_w&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=NcZkyeigKWF9HUchiEFZ8VFgf7qKDfyyGhCTWnTgu1Y&s=LZKVht9pXZ-7M3XJfycpZ1HfqZa_eb3Ci65hfOmsAb0&e= 
page=job&rmjob=2554&rmlang=UK


About Örebro University and AASS
-----------------------------------------------
Örebro University is seeking outstanding candidates for two PhD positions in
Computer Science at the Center of Applied Autonomous  Sensor Systems. The
Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), carries out
multi-disciplinary research environment at Örebro University in the
intersection of robotics, machine learning,
artificial intelligence, and computer science.

Successful applicants will join the AASS (Applied Autonomous Sensor
Systems) research unit (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.oru.se_aass&d=DQIF_w&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=NcZkyeigKWF9HUchiEFZ8VFgf7qKDfyyGhCTWnTgu1Y&s=B66fRyCb1CLPVv8uaAss4D8A5CUXijz2xy1n8FnEFOw&e= ) at Örebro University,
Sweden.

Salaries for PhD students at Örebro University are internationally
competitive.

With over 40 senior researchers and PhD students, AASS is one of the
largest robotics research groups in Sweden. The research and human
environment at AASS is young and enthusiastic, and PhD students come
from many different countries and have different scientific and
cultural backgrounds.



About SOCRATES

-------------------------

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 interactive 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 unique multidisciplinary programme will train researchers with both
academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a career
in both academy and industry.  The successful applicants will join a
training program in close cooperation with researchers from all partners.
The recruitment aims at a balanced gender distribution,
and in particular women are encouraged to apply. The network-wide training
program includes a research project, courses, seminars, and workshops. An
overview of all available positions can be found at
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.socrates-2Dproject.eu_&d=DQIF_w&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=NcZkyeigKWF9HUchiEFZ8VFgf7qKDfyyGhCTWnTgu1Y&s=1N-uBu4NCj1fA7tBFLLjAyaiyqtV25kvDnz18CUIzbs&e= .













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