[robocup-nao] Post-doc in robot skin and cognitive robotics @ Uni of Wales, Newport, UK

Torbjorn Dahl Torbjorn.Dahl at newport.ac.uk
Mon Nov 7 17:10:07 EST 2011

Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Cognitive Robotics Research Centre, University of Wales, Newport, UK

£28,251-£32,751 per annum
12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position at the Cognitive Robotics Research Centre (http://crrc.newport.ac.uk) at the University of Wales, Newport.  The position is funded partly by the ROBOSKIN project (http://www.roboskin.eu) which is studying skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe, autonomous and interactive robots, and partly by the University of Wales, Newport.

The ROBOSKIN project is a European collaboration that includes five other partners across Europe: the University of Genoa, the University of Cagliari and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) from Italy, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.  The work will focus on behaviour modelling and reinforcement learning related to employing a novel tactile sensor (robot skin) on the Nao humanoid robot platform.  The work will mainly take place in Newport, UK, but will require visits to our European partners.

CRRC also uses the RoboCup competition as one of the main application domain for its new technologies.  The centre has seven Nao robots and is exploring the possibility of participating in the 2012 RoboCup competition in Mexico City.  CRRC arranged the first UK RoboCup event, RC4EW, in Ebbw Vale in 2010 and successfully participated in RoboCup 2011 in Istanbul, as part of the Noxious-Kouretes team, finishing 2nd in the standard platform technical challenge event.  Noxious-Kouretes is a collaboration between the University of Wales, Newport, the University of Oxford and the Technical University of Crete.  The post provides the opportunity to contribute to the CRRC RoboCup activities.

Candidates should have good programming skills, demonstrable research experience and experience from work on humanoid robots, preferably the Nao platform.  You will also hold a PhD in a relevant discipline.

Further information and application forms are available at http://www.newport.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/Pages/ResearchAssociate-CognitiveRoboticsResearchCentre.aspx
Closing Date:  Monday 21st November 2011 at 12 noon
Please address informal queries to torbjorn.dahl at newport.ac.uk.

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