[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-doc position at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Labs.

Takayuki Kanda kanda at atr.jp
Sun Oct 29 21:43:32 PDT 2017

The ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communications Laboratories is recruiting
an outstanding young (post-doctoral) researcher. Our laboratory has strong
focus on human-robot social interaction in various human-populated
environments, e.g. shopping mall. We have been recently awarded a 5.5-year
research funding (Oct. 2017 - Mar. 2023) about human-robot interaction and
human-robot moral relationships, and seek for a person who can contribute to
this new project.

The new project was motivated by the fact that children sometimes
abuse/bully a social robot, which is known as the "robot abuse" problem.
(See some examples here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3DCuJT9EtdETY&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=CMv3DQIxgzlGDN1j1Q9oX4p59LALpirfnsBExWUyYWc&s=EL29b9vJn8HAr_n7MMPJuhDpVgKS9hgNpgo8M01BHDI&e=)
We hope to seek for the reason why children/people sometimes treat robots in
a moral way, but sometimes in the opposite way, and to understand their
underlying cognitive mechanism toward human-robot moral relationships.

Thus, we are seeking applications from young researchers with special
interest in human cognition for human-robot interaction and human-robot
moral relationships. Candidates with specific expertise/background in the
following domains are particularly welcome this time:
- Developmental science, Cognitive science, Child psychology
- Empirical (experimental) studies on human-robot social interaction
- Ethical, legal, and societal issues to be considered for daily human-robot

The employment contract is made for each Japanese fiscal year (starting on
April and finishing on March of next year); however, the starting period is
flexible (after two months after we will reach to the acceptance decision).
Extensions will be expected based on the annual evaluation.

The wage will be decided based on experience and expertise.

Please feel free to ask us (kanda at atr.jp and hagita at atr.jp) about details.
To apply, please send us email including your CV and a statement about your
interest and motivation!

I will participate in ICSR 2017 at Tsukuba (only on Dec 22th), so please
feel free to contact us for meeting and talking about more details during
ICSR 2017.

Dr. Takayuki Kanda, and Dr. Norihiro Hagita, 

ATR Intelligent Robotics & Communication Labs.
Dr. Takayuki Kanda,
Senior research scientist / Group leader of human-robot interaction research
URL https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.irc.atr.jp_-7Ekanda_&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=CMv3DQIxgzlGDN1j1Q9oX4p59LALpirfnsBExWUyYWc&s=X5jR1hLrO01saPhp2fbEB7SFCh5jdAhUZYHHf_v5gHQ&e=
E-mail: kanda at atr.jp
Tel: +81 774 95 1424 Fax: +81 774 95 1408

Dr. Norihiro Hagita 
Director of ATR Intelligent Robotics & Communication Labs.
E-mail: hagita at atr.jp 

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