[alife] Job advert: research fellow/assistant in Robot Learning

Daniel Polani d.polani at herts.ac.uk
Wed Apr 8 02:25:00 PDT 2009

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Adaptive Systems Research Group

University of Hertfordshire, UK (www.herts.ac.uk)

Research Assistant/Fellow in Robot Learning
Salary per annum: 20,226 - 27,999 GBP (depending on qualifications and

A postgraduate/postdoctoral Research Assistant/Fellow post is
available in the EU Framework VII funded project RoboSkin (Skin-Based
Technologies and Capabilities for Safe, Autonomous and Interactive
Robots). This full-time research post will allow the postholder to
pursue research into robot learning and humanoid robotics as part of a
European project. A successful postgraduate applicant will have the
opportunity to pursue research towards a PhD.

The RoboSkin consortium consists of several European partners in
Italy, UK and Switzerland. The UH team is involved in the development
of skin-based recognition algorithms for detecting interaction
patterns in human-robot interaction games. The development of software
for artificial skin on a humanoid robot as well as novel learning and
adaptation algorithms for this purpose, based on previous research
expertise by the project team, forms a central part in the research.
The postholder will also have the opportunity to get involved in
applications of this research in robot assisted play in educational

The postholder will be a member of the Adaptive Systems Research Group
(http://adapsys.feis.herts.ac.uk/) at University of Hertfordshire in
the School of Computer Science which includes 30 research staff
members (postdocs and PhD students). The University of Hertfordshire
ranks 27th in England for post-2008 RAE-funding in Computer Science
and Informatics. The vibrant, active and highly multidisciplinary
research group has an excellent international research track record
including research in robot learning, human-robot interaction, and
social robotics. The University of Hertfordshire is located in
Hatfield, less than 25 minutes by train from London Kings Cross, and
with good access to Heathrow, Stansted and Luton airports.

Applicants for the post should have a strong postgraduate degree (MSc
or PhD) in Computer Science or a related area as well as a strong
mathematical background. Applicants are expected to have strong
qualifications and experience in robot learning, machine learning, or
related areas, as well as excellent research experience in robot
programming. Experience in human-robot interaction is desirable.
Applicants are expected to work independently, but under guidance of
and in close collaboration with other team members at UH and other
project partner institutions.

The position is full-time. Work will be based at University of
Hertfordshire and may include short stays at European partner
institutions. The position is based on a fixed-term contract for up to
36 months. Starting date: 1 May 2009 (end date: 30th  April 2012).

All formal applications must be made via the Human Resources
Department at University of Hertfordshire:

The above website will allow potential applications to find out  more
information about the post, including a detailed job and person
specification. Please consult this website in order to evaluate your
suitability for the post.

For other informal inquiries related to the post please contact Prof.
Kerstin Dautenhahn (K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk).

Closing date: 28/04/2009

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn
Professor of Artificial Intelligence
Adaptive Systems Research Group
The University of Hertfordshire, School of Computer Science
College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, United Kingdom
URL: http://homepages.feis.herts.ac.uk/~comqkd
E-mail: K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Fax: +44-1707-284-303  Tel: +44-1707-284-333

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