[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-doc position at HRI Laboratory, Kyoto University.

Takayuki Kanda kanda at i.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Wed Dec 11 17:48:33 PST 2019

The HRI Laboratory (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robot.soc.i.kyoto-2Du.ac.jp_en_&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=oQAiZmMl_Ruh0imcOfSFdLMkqiRYeFj0ZoyIUUbq3HY&s=Wv-INkxF2_zg5V7Vs34GOZoto1kDi6JccTF768ULQmg&e= ) at Kyoto
University (Kyoto, Japan) 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 a vacancy in a project under a research funding (till March 2023) about
human-robot interaction, human-robot symbiosis, and human-robot moral
relationships. Thus, we seek for a person who can contribute to this project
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robot.soc.i.kyoto-2Du.ac.jp_en_english-2Dcrest-2Dproject_&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=oQAiZmMl_Ruh0imcOfSFdLMkqiRYeFj0ZoyIUUbq3HY&s=pNhYrk94WTU5yDim6NwlK_3TWS5JdQ-gtIMXfc14GZA&e= ).

In this project, we study social robots that operate in such environments
like stores and shopping malls, and aim to develop social interaction of
social robots for such a service industry. The project is also motivated by
the fact that children sometimes abuse/bully a social robot, which is known
as the "robot abuse" problem, and aim to moderate such problems by better
establishing moral-relationships between robots and people.
(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=oQAiZmMl_Ruh0imcOfSFdLMkqiRYeFj0ZoyIUUbq3HY&s=FOYGikfKnyRAZp4FeCZuRx9_FiwZ916SLeBxNQ1atFU&e= )

We are seeking applications from young researchers with special interest in
human-robot interaction. Candidates with specific expertise/background in
the following domains are particularly welcome this time:
- Human behavior recognition using range-finder and/or depth cameras
- Machine learning, such as DNN (deep neural network), for visual and/or
auditory perception in context of HRI
- Data-driven HRI, i.e. learning social behavior/interaction from big data
- Human behavior modeling for social robots
- Robotics relevant to social robots

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 April 2020). Extensions will be expected based on the annual

The wage will be decided based on experience and expertise.

Please feel free to ask me (kanda at i.kyoto-u.ac.jp) about details. To apply,
please send us email including your CV and a statement about your interest
and motivation!

Dr. Takayuki Kanda

Takayuki Kanda, Professor
Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University

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