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PhD Student: 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 predoctoral 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 Intelligent 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 collaborations including several ongoing European projects.

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 PhD will work on AI and Robotics (perception, decision-making, robot navigation or planning behaviours) techniques for human-robot cooperation. She/he will validate the new techniques in the experiments with humanoid robots. The candidate is expected to publish the results of his/her research in top-tier conferences and journals of Robotics and/or Artificial Intelligence.


Qualifications: MSc or equivalent in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science or Engineering
Knowledge: Good programming skills
Languages: Fluent in English
Other: Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


Please, send your documentation before 10/07/2024 to:

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Address: C/ Llorens i Artigas 4-6, 2a planta. 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
Fax: 93 401 57 50
Note: Please, remember to reference the offer (ID-127) and include the following documentation: CV, Academic transcripts