[visionlist] Job vacancy: PhD in social robotic telepresence

Örebro University is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD position at the Center of Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems. The Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), carries out multi-disciplinary research environment at Örebro University in the intersection of robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision and computer science.

Research project

Mobile robotic telepresence is used as a social communication aid for older adults, with remote users steering the robot in its environment using feedback from a robot’s sensors.  For unfamiliar drivers, this often creates a heavy workload and therefore reduces focus on social interaction.  One way to reduce the workload is to introduce autonomy to assist the remote user in operating the robot.  Sliding autonomy is a way to automatically adapt the level of autonomy depending on the current context.

The researcher will study how sliding autonomy can be implemented in social robotic telepresence by taking into considerations non-verbal cues as well as social norms.  The researcher will also study the effect of sliding autonomy on the workload for operating the robot, and on the associated interaction quality.

The researcher will undertake two secondements: (1) an academic secondment to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel, to work on interface design for teleoperated robots; (2) an industrial secondment to Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, Germany, to study cost-effective solutions to support sliding autonomy.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites include 240 ECTS credits of higher education studies. 60 ECTS have to be on advanced level (Master level). 90 ECTS credits have to be in the area of computer science. Eligible are also applicants who have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

In addition to excellent study results, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Experience in mobile robotics, human-robot interaction and software development for robotics are merits, as well as documented relevant programming skills.

To promote mobility, the following rule applies: At the time of recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Sweden for more than 12 months during the last 3 years. Compulsory national service, work in international organizations, and short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.



For additional information, please contact Professor Amy Loutfi, amy.loutfi@oru.se


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