[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-doc position at HRI Laboratory, Kyoto University.

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-doc position at HRI Laboratory, Kyoto University.

Takayuki Kanda-2
The HRI Laboratory (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robot.soc.i.kyoto-2Du.ac.jp_en_&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=x6n0f3-XvupIM-FOf5Z3Obd83L8z74q1QV58ZQlt3ZM&s=87dhd9vHnvRr3teKCk5lVCbYmbcn3r0z5YO-cOdDMZk&e=) at Kyoto
University (Kyoto, Japan) is recruiting an outstanding young (post-doctoral)
researcher. Our laboratory has strong focus on human-robot social
interaction in various human-populated environments, e.g. shopping mall. We
have a vacancy in a project under a research funding (till March 2023) about
human-robot interaction and human-robot moral relationships, and seek for a
person who can contribute to this new project.

This project is motivated by the fact that children sometimes abuse/bully a
social robot, which is known as the "robot abuse" problem.
(See some examples here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3DCuJT9EtdETY&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=x6n0f3-XvupIM-FOf5Z3Obd83L8z74q1QV58ZQlt3ZM&s=i-XHsY0XaAar2cvhzHWCm2Y5-sFrhOJfSeS2ZfhAPvU&e=)
We hope to seek for the reason why children/people sometimes treat robots in
a moral way, but sometimes in the opposite way, and to understand their
underlying cognitive mechanism toward human-robot moral relationships.

Thus, we are seeking applications from young researchers with special
interest in human-robot interaction and human-robot moral relationships.
Candidates with specific expertise/background in the following domains are
particularly welcome this time:
- Human behavior recognition using range-finder and/or depth cameras
- Machine learning, such as DNN (deep neural network), for visual and/or
auditory perception
- Human behavior modeling for social robots
- Robotics relevant to social robots
- Empirical (experimental) studies on human-robot social interaction

The employment contract is made for each Japanese fiscal year (starting on
April and finishing on March of next year); however, the starting period is
flexible (after August 2018). Extensions will be expected based on the
annual evaluation.

The wage will be decided based on experience and expertise.

Please feel free to ask us ([hidden email]) about details. To apply,
please send us email including your CV and a statement about your interest
and motivation!

Dr. Takayuki Kanda

Takayuki Kanda, Professor
Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University

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