[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD in Robotics at Örebro University, Sweden

Andrey Kiselev Andrey.Kiselev at oru.se
Thu Mar 30 14:13:24 PDT 2017

/*             PhD in Robotics at Örebro University, Sweden                   */

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


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 adjustable autonomy to assist the remote user in
operating the robot.

The successful candidate will study how sliding autonomy can be implemented in
social robotic telepresence by integrating two complementary issues of
non-verbal cues and social norms. Only three questions for a four year project:

1. How non-verbal cues can be used to automatically adjust autonomy.
2. How to modify the behaviour of the robot, when in autonomous mode, to take
social norms into account.
3. How inclusion of social norms in the robot’s behaviour is related to the
cognitive workload for operating the robot, and the associated Interaction

The researcher will undertake two secondements: (1) an academic secondment to
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel; (2) an industrial
secondment to Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, Germany.


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.


Please, contact amy.loutfi at oru.se<mailto:amy.loutfi at oru.se> for more details on the position.

Application form is available at:
oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-vacancies/job/?jid=20150529<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.oru.se_english_working-2Dat-2Dorebro-2Duniversity_jobs-2Dand-2Dvacancies_job_-3Fjid-3D20150529&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=nS6hQSC8B1F7aylT9eWFU_tNfIIdkTML_S0G053w7zY&s=Rbbtbj72y-qCcyPPY6PtO8SBTzGa8cMSHytuO7AuVAY&e= >

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