ANIMATAS (MSCA - ITN - 2017 - 765955 2) is a H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie European Training Network funded by Horizon 2020 (the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation), coordinated by Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France).
ANIMATAS will establish a leading European Training Network (ETN) devoted to the development of a new generation of creative and critical research leaders and innovators who have a skill-set tailored for the creation of social capabilities necessary for realising step changes in the development of intuitive human-machine interaction (HMI) in educational settings.
The PhD position offered at Uppsala University is on the following topic:
- Modelling trust in human-robot educational interactions (ESR3)
The successful candidate will participate in the network's training activities offered by the European academic and industrial participating teams. The PhD student will have the opportunity to work with the partners of the ANIMATAS project, and primarily with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Jacobs University Bremen, Furhat Robotics and University of Wisconsin-Madison, with opportunities for secondments at these institutions.
The student will be part of the Social Robotics Lab at the Division of Visual Information and Interaction of the Department of Information Technology.
The Social Robotics Lab's focus is on natural interaction with social artefacts such as robots and embodied virtual agents. This domain concerns bringing together multidisciplinary expertise to address new challenges in the area of social robotics, including mutual human-robot co-adaptation, multimodal multiparty natural interaction with social robots, multimodal human affect and social behavior recognition, multimodal expression generation, robot learning from users, behavior personalization, effects of embodiment (physical robot versus embodied virtual agent) and other fundamental aspects of human-robot interaction (HRI). State of the art robots are used, including the Pepper, Nao and Furhat robotic platforms.
How to apply:
To apply, candidates must submit their CV, a letter of application, two letters of reference and academic credentials to the ANIMATAS recruitment committee, Mohamed Chetouani (network coordinator), Ana Paiva and Arvid Kappas at [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> and to the main supervisor of the research project of interest (Ginevra Castellano, [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>). Please specify which project you are applying for (ESR3).