[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] Open PhD Position with Siemens and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Hastie, Helen H.Hastie at hw.ac.uk
Mon Mar 4 01:21:34 PST 2019

We are looking for outstanding applicants for a prestigious EPSRC funded iCASE PhD position with Industry Partner, Siemens. The PhD candidate will sit in the Computer Science department and HRI Group <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.macs.hw.ac.uk_hrigroup_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=jajgSkCj69pJwlRti1mA-UmxLgIVs23uW5G02Y48Vis&s=_Bo_PigNHodOEtJUJ_WQNnITx65UMyMVLCBcAHbvGPE&e=> at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, which is affiliated with the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.edinburgh-2Drobotics.org_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=jajgSkCj69pJwlRti1mA-UmxLgIVs23uW5G02Y48Vis&s=XSWNEEiV_Esv84alGh6IotGxtz3dcBK2bAhnY9Zkq98&e=>.

Project Description: The future of factories lies in distributed, mobile, industrial robots that are in-tune with the factory environment through sensors but also with the human operator’s needs.  This project will look at developing a Natural Language interface that allows the supervisor to ‘Talk to their Factory’, quickly getting updates, receiving alerts such as production delays and assigning roles for the mobile robots through fluid, natural interaction between human and machine.  This will involve identifying the intent of the human through their natural language interaction and providing the right amount of information, whilst not overloading them unnecessarily. This project aligns with the EPSRC Industrial Strategy in terms of development of infrastructure and cuts across three grand challenges.

Studentship is 4 years and includes stipend, funding for equipment and travel to conferences, and work placement opportunities at Siemens in Germany.

Deadline for Applications: March 17th. Start date: September 2019.

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Helen Hastie, Professor of Computer Science

Director, EPSRC CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems (2019-2028)

MACS, Heriot-Watt University (EM1.42), Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Tel: 0131 451 3344 HelenHastie.info IncraLab.org

@hfhastie @EDINrobotics  @ORCA_Hub



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