[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral researcher in social care robots at Tufts University

Matthias Scheutz matthias.scheutz at tufts.edu
Tue May 23 03:20:18 PDT 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Care Robots
Posted: May 23, 2017

The Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Laboratory at Tufts University under
the direction of Professor Matthias Scheutz is looking for a two-year
postdoctoral researcher to start immediately on an NSF-funded project
aimed at developing robots for people with Parkinson's Disease
(PD).  The goal is to develop an architecture for a co-robot mediator
between people with "facial masking" that reduces their ability to
signal emotion, pain, personality and intentions to their family
caregivers, and health care providers who often misinterpret the lack
of emotional expressions as disinterest and an inability to adhere to
treatment regimen, resulting in stigmatization.  So far, we have
developed and evaluated a robot that can conduct health questionnaires
(Briggs et al. 2015) and aid in medication sorting tasks (Wilson et al.
2016).  Next, we would like to develop the mediator robot that can
listen in and observe interactions between caretakers and persons with
PD to detect (based on the dialogues and background knowledge, and
maybe other characteristics) when the interaction goes astray and
intervene in the interaction in a way that preserves the dignity of the
person with PD and maintains a working relationship with the caretaker.

We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic researcher who wants
to leave a mark on the field of care robots by developing the next
generation of social robots capable of understanding the dynamics of
human interactions and intervening when they are not working out.  The
position is for two years, possibly renewable for another year with
full benefits (including health and dental insurance, flexible spending
accounts, and voluntary retirement plan).  Salary is competitive,
commensurate with experience.


The ideal candidate is a team player with demonstrated research and
system building experience in social robots with natural language
capabilities who will lead all algorithm and software development,
disseminate research results in top-rate venues, and also help with the
supervision of graduate students.

For questions about this position, please contact Professor Matthias
Scheutz at matthias.scheutz at tufts.edu.

Matthias Scheutz, Ph.D. Ph.D.
Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science
Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow
Director, Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory
Department of Computer Science
Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA

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