[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Fully-funded PhD, Bristol Robotics Lab: Deep Learning for Social Human-Robot Interaction
Manuel.Giuliani at brl.ac.uk
Fri Feb 8 08:21:56 PST 2019
We are happy to announce an exciting opportunity to apply for a funded
full-time PhD in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE Bristol.
The closing date for applications is *this Sunday 10th February 2019*.
About the Studentship:
Can we build better social and interactive robots by learning from human
social behaviours? The Bristol Robotics Laboratory has obtained funding
to study this question and we are looking for an outstanding PhD
candidate to investigate it.
This PhD will explore a challenging and exciting new line of research at
the crossroad of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Sciences and
Robotics. Your work will involve researching and developing novel
data-driven approaches (including deep learning) to unfold the complex
dynamics of human social interactions. You will transfer these social
interactions to autonomous social robots and demonstrate your results in
real world experiments with complex social applications, including
education and assisted living.
Your research will take place at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL),
the largest co-located robotic lab in the UK. BRL is an exciting
academic environment with countless opportunities for scientific
collaboration and world-leading facilities. You will be directly
supervised by Manuel Giuliani and Séverin Lemaignan, who are both
experts in the field of human-robot interaction with extensive academic
networks. You will also be part of the growing ECHOS research group
(Embodied Cognition for Human-Robot Interactions).
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate, with
a strong background in cognitive sciences, robotics, computer science or
a related field. You should be a team player and also have the desire to
develop your own personal research agenda.
This PhD project, with potentially high visibility/high impact results,
represents an ideal start for an internationally-leading academic or
*The expected start date of this studentship is Monday 1st April 2019.*
For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Professor
Manuel Giuliani on manuel.giuliani at uwe.ac.uk.
The studentship is available from 1 April 2019 for a period of three and
a half (3.5) years, subject to satisfactory progress, and includes a
tax-free stipend which is currently £14,777 per annum (RCUK rate). In
addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years
at UK/EU rates. International applicants will be required to cover the
difference between UK/EU and the international tuition fee rates in each
year of study.
Applicants must have a first degree in cognitive science, computer
science, robotics or a related field. Good programming skills are also
an essential requirement. Applicants with knowledge of and/or previous
research experience in human-robot interaction or machine learning and
data mining are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants from neighbouring fields such as social psychology will also
be considered. These applicants will need to demonstrate their ability
to learn the additional skills necessary to successfully undertake this PhD.
A recognised English language qualification is required.
Prof. Manuel Giuliani
Professor in Embedded Cognitive AI for Robotics
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England, Bristol
T Block, Frenchay Campus
Bristol BS16 1QY
Phone: +44 (0)117 32 86182
Email: manuel.giuliani at brl.ac.uk
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