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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Research Fellow/Assistant in Humanoid Robotics, U of Herts, UK

http://web-apps.herts.ac.uk/uhweb/apps/hr/research-vacancies.cfm

Research Fellow/Assistant in Humanoid Robotics
Salary per annum: 20,226 - 27,999 GBP (depending on qualifications and
experience)

Adaptive Systems Research Group
http://adapsys.feis.herts.ac.uk/

The University of Hertfordshire
School of Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
(www.herts.ac.uk)

Reference number for post: EN8869

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 humanoid robotics as part of a European project. This multidisciplinary project consists of several European partners in Italy, UK and Switzerland. The UH team is involved in the development of skin-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 learning and adaptation algorithms, based on previous research expertise by the project team, forms a central part in the research. This particular post will focus on the implementation of skin recognition algorithms and architectures on the humanoid robot KASPAR including rigorous testing of the technical as well as human-robot interaction and interface aspects. Applicants should have a strong background in robotics hardware, interface design as well as Artificial Intelligence approaches towards robot control architectures. Experience in humanoid robotics is highly desirable.

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 highly active and multidisciplinary research group has an excellent international research track record including research in human-robot interaction, social robotics and robot learning.

Applicants for the post should have a strong postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) in Computer Science or a related area. Applicants are expected to have strong qualifications and practical experience in robotics hardware and software aspect relevant to humanoid robotics, as well as excellent research experience in programming robotics hardware. 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. A postgraduate successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue research towards a PhD for the duration of the post.

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. Starting date: 1 July 2009, end date 30 April 2012.

All formal applications must be made via the Human Resources
Department at University of Hertfordshire:
http://web-apps.herts.ac.uk/uhweb/apps/hr/research-vacancies.cfm

The post will appear on the above website within the next few days. 
The above website will allow potential applicants 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.

Closing date: 29/6/2009