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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Interactive Systems), University of Hertfordshire, UK

Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Interactive Systems)
 School of Computer Science
 University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

 Adaptive Systems Research Group

 (Expected salary 26,264  29,541 GBP depending on experience and qualifications)
 This is a full time positionon a fixed term contract starting from January 2014 to July 2015

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Post Doctoral Researcher to join a team of researchers at
University of Hertfordshire who are exploring the possible therapeutic and educational benefits 
for children with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) who interact with the humanoid, child-sized 
KASPAR robot, which has been developed by Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn and her team from the School
of Computer Science.
The KASPAR project ( has now a vacancy for a computer scientist to 
carry out further development of the KASPAR robot (hardware and software). The particular post will
explore different robot sensors on KASPAR (visual/tactile) and how they can be used in the 
development of interactive games for children. The applicant will work as part of a multi-
disciplinary research team as part of the Adaptive Systems Research Group 
( which includes more than 40 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 highly active and multidisciplinary research group has an 
excellent international research track record including research in human-robot interaction, social
robotics and robot learning.

 Responsibilities and duties include:

 a) Development of robust software to implement interactive child-robot games for KASPAR to be used
 as a tool by parents and teachers, based on multi-modal sensors
 b) Design and realization of human-robot evaluation studies
 c) Data analysis of HRI studies
 d) Preparation of manuals and documentation of therapeutic/educational human-robot interaction games
 e) Preparing findings for peer reviewed outputs in journals and presenting research findings at 
appropriate scientific meetings

 We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join the KASPAR project and further develop the 
robot to assist children with special needs, through system development and human-robot interaction
studies. You will have a background in Computer Science or a related field, be self-motivated, 
highly organised and have a proven research and publication track record in the field of human-
robot interaction, with experience in the development of human-robot interaction games using 
tactile and visual sensor processing.

 Closing date 31/10/2013
 All applications must be done via the website:
 Quote Reference: 011681
 Contact Details/Informal enquiries: For an informal discussion about this post please contact Prof Kerstin Dautenhahn by email at

Under current UK Visa and Immigration Service regulations, the University is unlikely to be able 
to get a work permit in respect of this post. We can therefore only accept applications from people
who will have the right to work in the UK for the total duration of the contract.