[Comp-neuro] [jobs] Postdoc on “Understanding of Visually Mediated Social Signs in Humans and Robots” at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Giulio Sandini Giulio.Sandini at iit.it
Wed Jul 31 08:16:22 CEST 2019

Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Erzelli, Genoa, is seeking to appoint one postdoctoral position focusing on the use of the iCub humanoid robot to investigate the role of body-mediated (embodied) social signals in human-robot collaborative interaction and to identify the minimum subset of signals enabling mutual understanding in human-robot communication in realistic, application oriented, scenarios. The research activities will be carry out under the supervision of Dr. Francesco Rea and Prof. Giulio Sandini 

(https://www.iit.it/careers/openings/opening/969-postdoctoral-position-in-the-role-of-social-signals-in-human-robot-communication )

The activity will be carried out within a Joint Lab recently established between IIT and a major produrre in the automotive sector, dedicated scientific and technical activities, including training, in the field of signs-based social communication mediated by robots. The research for this Postdoctoral position will involve: a) the development of methods and relative software to generate robot behaviors for natural mutual understanding, b) the design and implementation of novel models of immediate perception of the human partner state, and c) the design of experiments, testing and analysis/validation in human-robot interaction experiments. The first goal of the research is modelling how the robot could adapt its perception and behaviour to the individual needs of the partner during an interaction, with potential implications for communicative technology. The second goal of the research is to exploit how these models can be transferred to novel robotic designs.

Prof. Giulio Sandini
Founding Director - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
Center for Human Technologies Robotics, 
Brain and Cognitive Sciences Unit 
Via Enrico Melen 83 - Building B - 16152 GENOVA
Phone: +39 010 2897 227

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