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PhD Student - Human movement and action estimation for Robot-Human Collaboration (MARÍA DE MAEZTU)

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Francesc Moreno Noguer



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The "Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC" is seeking a PhD student to work under the framework of the María de Maeztu (MdM) Unit of Excellence Seal.

IRI is a Joint University Research Institute participated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) that conducts research in human-centered robotics and automatic control. The institute, is a key player in the Spanish robotics and automatic control scenes, and a valued participant in a large number of international collaborations including more than ten ongoing H2020 projects and an ERC Advanced Grant. Recently, is has been recognized as a Maria de Maeztu Excellence Unit, the main accreditation given by the Spanish Government to research units that stand out for the impact and international relevance of their results.

A four-year PhD position under the MdM Strategic Research Programme will be fully covered starting in the first trimester of 2018.
The PhD thesis will be supervised by Dr. Francesc Moreno (Perception and Manipulation Group) and Dr. Alberto Sanfeliu (Mobile Robotics Group).

In order to perform collaborative tasks involving robots and humans, the robot needs to predict the 3D motion and intentions of the human person.

Based on Deep Learning techniques, this thesis proposal seeks to learn from one or several sequences of positions which action the person is going to do and which specific 3D body position will take. The images will be obtained directly from the mobile robots that is interacting with the human or by means of an aerial robot that oversees the whole sequence of operations.


Qualifications: The candidate is expected to have a master in computer science, robotics, industrial engineering or a related field
Knowledge: Good background in computer vision and robotics. The applicants should have skills in programming preferably in Matlab, C++ and ROS.
Languages: Fluent in English.
Other: Must fulfill the requirements to enroll in the Doctoral programme in Automatic Control, Robotics and Computer Vision.


Please, send your documentation before 20/11/2017 to:

Email: jobs (at)
Address: Parc Tecnològic de Barcelona. C/ Llorens i Artigas 4-6, 2a planta. 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
Fax: 93 401 57 50
Note: Please, remember to reference the offer (ID-53) and include the following documentation: CV and academic transcripts.