[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded PhD opportunity at University of Glasgow: Human-Robot Interaction for Oil Drilling Applications

Mary Ellen Foster MaryEllen.Foster at glasgow.ac.uk
Thu Aug 17 10:07:44 PDT 2017

The University of Glasgow welcomes applications for a funded PhD (EPSRC iCASE studentship together with Schlumberger Gould Research) in the area of Human-Robot Interaction for Oilfield Drilling Applications.

Application deadline: 4 September
Eligibility: UK/EU students only
Full details at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.findaphd.com_search_ProjectDetails.aspx-3FPJID-3D88477-26LID-3D2252&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=q_bumyHtN1O-Htx9KVENu4M2fDb0bFdih20iSgHkz6g&s=YG8L7EgUlwT--cobOfFwpCFzXgdVEqf24Q3LRzvies4&e= 

Many future industrial operations will be carried out by teams consisting of humans and robots. This project will investigate how such human-robot collaborative tasks can be carried out, concentrating on the communication aspects: how the robot communicates its intentions to the human, and how the human can query and interact with the robot’s plan.

The research will be driven by oilfield drilling applications, which involve control of complex equipment in a dynamic environment, with an increasing level of automation. Close coordination between the human crew and the automation system is often required, as is building trust between the human and the machine so that the crew understand why the machine acts the way it does and is confident it has taken all available information into account.

The student will be based in the School of Computing Science and will be part of the Glasgow Social Robotics initiative, which is a collaboration between Computing Science and Psychology.

The student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas of natural language or multimodal interaction and/or automated planning and reasoning. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline. The project is an EPSRC iCASE award with Schlumberger Gould Research and it is expected that the student will spend some time working with the company. This will give you a great opportunity of working in an internationally excellent research group as well as a leading player in the oil and gas industry.

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £14,553 for Session 2017-18).

For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Foster MaryEllen.Foster at glasgow.ac.uk<mailto:MaryEllen.Foster at glasgow.ac.uk>


Dr Mary Ellen Foster, Lecturer in Computing Science

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