PhD Position on Situated Interaction for Human-Robot Cooperation

Dear all,

at the Cognitive Signal Processing Group, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, a PhD position is available for a 3-year period starting this summer. Most of the work will be carried out at the location of our industrial partner–Honda Research Institute Europe–in Offenbach, Germany.

We are looking for researchers with an excellent Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or related areas. A solid foundation of machine intelligence, including deep learning and statistics, is important, and knowledge of natural language processing as well as excellent English language proficiency are a definite plus. German language skills are not a requirement, but would be helpful. Programming skills in an object-oriented language are required, with C++, Python or ROS experience as an added advantage.

The goal of this work is the advancement of human-robot cooperation strategies in dynamic environments. This necessitates the development of reliable and interpretable methods for the inclusion of contextual information in speech understanding. A flexible situation and user model will be developed to disambiguate communication acts and to interact effectively with the human user. In addition to deriving, implementing and evaluating new learning algorithms, you will present the results at international conferences and in journals, and participate in a structured PhD program with regular workshops and many opportunities for extending your professional skill set.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum supports the career development of women. Applications from women are thus explicitly welcome. In those areas, in which women are underrepresented, they will be considered preferentially according to the regulations of the „Landesgleichstellungsgesetz” if their abilities, aptitude and professional performance are equal with those of the fellow applicants, unless reasons concerning the person of a fellow applicant are predominant. In case of equal qualification, applications of severely disabled persons or persons that are regarded as being on a par with severely disabled persons according to § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX will be considered preferentially.

The position will be fully financed for 3 years according to the German salary level TVL-E13 (100%). More information on the hosting institute can be found online at http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/ika/institut/institut_engl.htm .

Please send applications, containing your CV, Bachelor’s and Master’s transcript, motivation for applying (max. 1 page), pdf files of recent English-language publications (if available), and the names of at least two references (email addresses are sufficient) via email to dorothea.kolossa@rub.de before June 21 for preferential consideration. Position will be open until filled.