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Postdoc Researcher: Human-Robot Interaction (SOCIAL PIA project)

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Alberto Sanfeliu Cortés



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The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher to work under the framework of a Moonshot Research & Development Program, financed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Alberto Sanfeliu and Dr. Anaís Garrell, and she/he will work in cooperation with the members of the Mobile Robotics an Intelligence System group at IRI.

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 ten ongoing European projects and an ERC Advanced Grant.

The SOCIAL-PIA (Cooperative Social PIA, Perception-Intention-Action, model for Cybernetics Avatars), is a project under the Moonshot Goal 1 “Realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space and time by 2050” (Prof. Norihiro Hagita) and in the Moonshot project “The Realization of an avatar-Symbiotic Society where Everyone can Perform Active Roles without Constraint” (Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro). The project has started in April 2023.

The aim of the SOCIAL-PIA project is to develop the cooperation between humans (with the operator and the end-user or bystander) and Cybernetic Avatars (CA) through the PIA paradigm (Perception-Intention-Action). The project proposes to conduct research on human intention and how it relates to the Situation Awareness and Decision-Making PIA processes, with two goals in mind: to assist the operator in handling Interactive/Cooperative tasks, and to improve the autonomous CA interaction/cooperation between CAs and end-users/bystanders. The PIA paradigm will allow to anticipate human action, be pro-active or follow a preestablished plan. The project will be demonstrated in interactive and cooperative telepresence tasks.

The postdoc will work on human robot interaction and how human intention influences in the understanding of the cooperative tasks, in the future action prediction and in the cooperative planning. She/he will develop deep learning techniques for learning human behaviors and will do HRI experiments with humanoid robots. The candidate is expected to publish the results of his/her research in top-tier conferences and journals of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

A 1-year postdoc position (extendable to a second year) under the SOCIAL-PIA project will be fully covered starting in the second trimester of 2023. The salary will be around 42000€ gross per year.


Knowledge: The candidate should be a doctor with a solid mathematical and Artificial Intelligence background.
Experience: The candidate should have experience in carrying out research in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Expertise in HRI will be especially valued, as will the processing of deep learning techniques, continual learning, and some experience in robot navigation.
Languages: Fluent in English
Other: Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


Please, send your documentation before 31/08/2023 to:

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Address: C/ Llorens i Artigas 4-6, 2a planta. 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
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Note: Please, remember to reference the offer (ID-116) and include the following documentation: Cover letter, CV