[Comp-neuro] [jobs] several positions in embodied computational models of body representations @CTU Prague

Matej Hoffmann matej.hoffmann at fel.cvut.cz
Thu Jan 23 16:19:05 CET 2020


*Dear colleagues, *


there are several positions open in the humanoid, cognitive, neuro-, and 
collaborative robotics group coordinated by Dr. Matej Hoffmann 
(https://sites.google.com/site/matejhof/) at the Department of 
Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical 
University in Prague. The positions include PhD, post-doc, and tenure-track.

Group webpage: https://cyber.felk.cvut.cz/research/groups-teams/humanoids/

The topics are in the context of the newly starting 5-year project 
entitled “Whole-body awareness for safe and natural interaction: from 
brains to collaborative robots” for excellence in fundamental research 
from the Czech Science Foundation (see 
<https://cyber.felk.cvut.cz/news/new-gacr-expro-project/>for more 
information) and include:


    Employing humanoid robots with artificial skin to construct embodied
    computational models of body and peripersonal space representations


    Neural network models of multisensory integration and peripersonal space


    Physical human-robot interaction with special focus on tactile and
    proximity sensing


    Social human-robot interaction focusing on touch and interpersonal

Open positions:

PhD student. The topic will be co-defined with the student depending on 
his skills and interests. The standard duration of the PhD study is 4 
years. The funding corresponds to a gross salary of CZK 40 000 per month 
(approx. 1600 EUR), plus direct bonuses for scientific achievements such 
as top-tier publications.

Postdoc. The postdoc will independently conduct research and will also 
be involved in shaping the research of the group and supervising 
students. The gross salary will be in the range of CZK 50 000-70 000 per 
month (approx. 2000-2700 EUR) depending on qualification,  plus direct 
bonuses for scientific achievements such as top-tier publications.

Tenure-track. This position is open in the humanoids group or in the 
broader context of Vision for Robotics and Autonomous Systems group   
(https://cyber.felk.cvut.cz/research/groups-teams/vras/) and the 
Research Center For Informatics (http://rci.cvut.cz/).

Robots and infrastructure

The humanoids group has at its disposal several humanoid robots (iCub - 
procurement being finalized, 2 Naos - 1 with whole-body sensitive skin) 
and collaborative or lightweight manipulators (KUKA LBR iiwa, UR10e with 
Airskin, Kinova Gen3). Additional infrastructure includes several robot 
hands (Barrett Hand BH8-282, QB Soft Hand) and grippers, a 3D Motion 
Capture System, Impact measuring devices (GTE), and integrated devices 
for collaborative robots (http://smartrobots.it/).  The group has also 
access to the facilities of the Research Center for Informatics such as 
a high-performance computational cluster.

International collaborations

There is a large group of international experts who have agreed to act 
as collaborators/advisors on the project. These include experts in

- developmental psychology: Dr. Kevin O’Regan (CNRS, Paris), Prof. 
Jeffrey J. Lockman (Tulane University, New Orleans)

- cognitive psychology and neuroscience: Prof. Matthew Longo (Birkbeck 
University, London), Prof. Tobias Heed (Bielefeld), Prof. Andrea Serino 
(University of Lausanne), Dr. Jean-Paul Noel (Center for Neural Science 
at New York University), Drs. M.Gori and Giulia Cappagli (Italian 
Institute of Technology, Dr. S. Signorini (IRCSS Fondazione Mondino Pavia)

- physical human-robot interaction: Prof. Sami Haddadin (TU Munich),  
Dr. Arash Ajoudani (Italian Institute of Technology), Dr. Michael 
Zillich (Blue Danube Robotics – manufacturer of Airskin)

- social human-robot interaction: Dr. Alessandra Sciutti (Italian 
Institute of Technology), Dr. Hagen Lehmann (University of Macerata)

How to apply. The application should include:


-**Motivation letter (max. 1 page)


- *CV (including 2 reference persons)*


-***1 Letter of recommendation (can be from 1 of the reference persons 

Please send the applications or inquiries to matej.hoffmann at fel.cvut.cz 
<mailto:matej.hoffmann at fel.cvut.cz>with (“[PhD / Postdoc / tenure-track] 
application” in the subject). The positions are open until filled.

Best regards,

Matej Hoffmann


Matej Hoffmann, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Cybernetics
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Czech Technical University in Prague
+420 224 357 387

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