[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc in HRI and NLP, University of Illinois at Chicago

Milos Zefran mzefran at uic.edu
Wed Sep 13 10:26:10 PDT 2017

Postdoctoral Position in Human-Robot Interaction and Natural Language 
Processing, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Robotics and NLP laboratories at UIC invite applications for a 
postdoctoral scholar position. The focus of the project is on robot 
assistants that can collaborate with humans in tasks that involve 
physical interaction and spoken dialogue. We are developing a 
computational and data-driven framework that will allow the robot to 
engage in back-and-forth communication, where turns can be spoken 
utterances and/or force exchanges.

We are looking for candidates with a strong publication record in either 
natural language processing with a focus on discourse and dialogue 
modeling, or physical human-robot interaction, but that are able to do 
research in both areas. Familiarity with ROS, proficiency in machine 
learning and experience with human studies are highly desirable. In 
addition to research, the successful applicant will be involved in 
several formal and informal mentoring activities designed to prepare 
him/her for their career beyond the postdoctoral fellowship.

The position is available immediately, but the starting date is 
negotiable. The duration of the appointment is two years with the 
possibility of renewal for an additional year. The interested candidates 
should submit a CV, a research statement, and a list of three references 
to one of the project leaders, Dr. Barbara Di Eugenio (bdieugen at uic.edu) 
or Dr. Milos Zefran (mzefran at uic.edu).

Informal inquiries are welcome!

Milos Zefran, Professor		ECE Department (MC 154)
Director of Graduate Studies	University of Illinois at Chicago
Phone: (312) 996-6495	  	851 S. Morgan St.
Fax:   (312) 996-6465	  	Chicago, IL 60607-7052, USA
mzefran at uic.edu		  	www.ece.uic.edu/~mzefran

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