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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Position in Human-Robot Interaction through VR in Tokyo (NII)

Tetsunari Inamura
Recruitment of Postdoctoral Position in Human-Robot Interaction
through Cloud-based Virtual Reality System
National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan
Deadline: Feb 20th, 2018 (might be extended according to the situation)


Inamura Laboratory in National Institute of Informatics(NII) is
seeking a full-time post-doc in the area of Human-Robot Interaction
through Cloud-based Virtual Reality System

This project aims to develop a cloud-based immersive virtual reality
system to promote the development of intelligence of service robots
through human-robot interaction. Interaction experience with humans is
quite an important resource information to develop the intelligence of
robot systems; however, the cost to ask subjects to take part in the
interaction experiments and maintain the robot hardware is one of the
bottlenecks in HRI system. This project thus develops a cloud-based VR
system to collect and share social and embodied interaction experience
through crowd-sourcing, that is the SIGVerse system.

The post-doc researcher should engage in research to develop social
intelligence of service robots/human assistance systems using the
above SIGVerse system. The research topic/keywords will be:
- Human-Robot Interaction System through Virtual Reality
- Social and embodied skill learning from demonstration/interaction
- Development of human assistance system in daily life environment
- Modeling of human behavior in daily life environment
The above keywords are the main target; however, application with
original and excellent research proposal based on the above keywords
and related topics are welcome.

The candidate must have:
- a strong background in AI for intelligent robots, such as machine
learning, motion recognition, human-robot interaction systems, and so
on. A skill on natural language processing will be a plus.
- strong programming skills in C++, C, Python, and ROS.
- a strong publication in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences
- a positive attitude towards teamwork, be articulate and communicate well
- a Ph.D. degree in robotics, computer science, or related are, or
complete and defend their Ph.D. by the day of arrival at a new post.

Software skill to use Unity is particularly welcome.
The candidate must not have Japanese language skill.

*Working Place:
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
National Institute of Informatics

*Working condition
- Contract period: From 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
Start date could be arranged according to each situation.
The contract period can be extended to end of March 2020; however,
this is the maximum contract period (2 years)
Extension of the contract period should be practiced every year.
- Working time: Discretionary working system

* Social insurance
- Supported by MEXT Mutual Aid Association
- including health insurance, unemployment insurance, and worker’s
accident insurance

*Application and selection process
The deadline for application is February 20th, 2018. All candidates
should send their applications via e-mail. The application should
- C.V.
- Three major papers
- Contact information for candidates who would accept reference of the

Women and minorities are particularly welcome.

Tetsunari Inamura   (Associate Professor)
National Institute of Informatics, JAPAN
SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies), JAPAN
Invited Researcher, Artificial Intelligence Research Center, AIST
TEL   : +81-3-4212-2518   FAX : +81-3-4212-2035
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