[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opening on human-robot decisional interaction

Rachid Alami rachid.alami at laas.fr
Tue May 30 01:18:40 PDT 2017

A fully-financed PhD student opportunity is now available at LAAS-CNRS
(Toulouse, France) working with DRachid Alami team in human-robot
decisional interaction.

Indeed, Human–Robot Interaction (HRI) represents a challenge for
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics.

The thesis will focus on a specific class of interactions: human–robot
collaborative task achievement.  This involves shared plan elaboration
and robot on-line decisional abilities as well as human-robot
communication management to conduct such an activity.  Key notions
that will support this work are Joint Action, Shared Plans,
affordances, perspective taking and theory of mind in order to
implement the consideration of the human partner mental state when planning and

This work will be conducted in the context of a H2020 European
Project.  The team has already established competence and results in
the field.  The applicant will be in charge of extending and enriching
the current schemes.

Learning within such a framework will also be considered.


In addition to a passion for AI, robotics, programming, you
should be open to extend your thinking to the issues linked to
Human-Robot Interaction and the associated topics of acceptability and
predictability of robot behaviour.

- Master degree in Computer Science, AI, Cognitive Robotics or closely related fields
- Excellent academic track record
- Good English skills, written and spoken
- Strong background in one of the following: AI, Algorithmics, Planning and Reasoning schemes
- Strong C++ skills, Python
- Ability to work as a teammate with other researchers

Familiarity with tools such as ROS, and Git is a must.


Starting Date: September / October 2017
Application deadline: The evaluation of the candidates starts
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Apply by email to Rachid.Alami at laas.fr:

Requested information:
1. Letter of motivation
2. A detailed CV (Nationality, Date of Birth, English level, previous experience, scientific publications if any);
3. Transcripts of records of your BSc. and MSc
4. List of at least 3 references
5. Recommandation letters


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