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PhD Student - Manipulation of deformable objects in the context of multimodal interaction in human-in-the-loop robot imitation (MSCA ITN SOCRATES)

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Guillem Alenyà Ribas



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Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial, CSIC-UPC in Barcelona announces the availability of a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher PhD position in Robotics.

Understanding the essence of continuous object manipulations is a non-trivial but important problem in robotics. When it comes to non-rigid deformable objects, such as real garments, it becomes more challenging due to the much higher dimensionality and complexity of the deformation surface. In this study, the selected candidate will carry out research on understanding, recognizing, and learning of manipulation of deformable objects in the context of multimodal interaction in human-in-the-loop robot imitation.
The research will be performed within the SOCRATES (SOcial Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society) – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. The project is in close collaboration with Asst. Prof. Eren Erdal Aksoy as co-academic supervisor at Halmstad University (HH) in Sweden. It is foreseen that shorter periods of time will be spent at HH to perform various robotics experiments.

This is a full-time position available from March 2020 for a period of 5.5 months with a high possibility of a further extension to a fully-funded PhD position (out of the Marie Curie program). The 5.5-month position includes a competitive salary based on the standard Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living allowance and mobility allowance (approx. 33000 Eur gross per year), as well as family allowance, if applicable. Enough resources to fund experiments and conference travels are available. Applicant will be part of an international workgroup and an English-speaking environment.


Qualifications: The candidate is expected to have a Master's degree (or at least enough credits to be accepted in a Doctoral Programme) in robotics, computer science, machine learning, mathematics, physics, or a related engineering discipline.
Knowledge: A strong background in robotics, computer vision, machine learning, or software engineering is desirable. Excellent programming skills, analytical problem solving and organizational abilities are required.
Experience: Prior practical experience in ROS is a plus
Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Other: Mobility rule: At the time of recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months during the last 3 years. Compulsory national service, work in international organisations, and short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Requirements to be enrolled in a Doctoral programme in Spain: 300 ECTS credits of higher education studies, including at least 60 ECTS on Master level.


Please, send your documentation before 20/01/2020 to:

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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-81) and include the following documentation: - A detailed curriculum vitae
- A motivation letter / research statement
- Two reference letters
- Copies/links to publications and software samples, if any
- Degree certificates and grade transcripts (master and bachelor)