Last application date May 15, 2021 00 : 00
Department TW06 - Department of Electronics and Information Systems
Contract Limited duration
Degree MSc in computer science, electrical engineering, technical cognitive science or areas relevant to the research topic (for example, psychology with a keen interest in robotics and AI).
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy type Research staff
The AIRO group (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, airo.ugent.be) of IDLab-imec (idlab.technology ) at Ghent University are offering a PhD studentship to help with our research on social robotics and machine learning.
Social robots are robots which interact with people in a natural manner by, for example, using speech, gestures, facial expressions and language.
As social robots use natural communication, they are easier to interact with and this has many applications in entertainment, services, education, collaborative robotics and therapy.
Now, however, these robots are only able to interact with us for a limited amount of time before we lose interest. Our research aims to change that.
The project will study what technical elements are needed for a social robot to become an engaging and relevant social partner?
We will explore approaches to drawing people into a human-robot interaction, starting from first principles on what makes interaction long term between people.
Next, we will implement a number of studies to validate our theories and identify application domains where social robots can make a difference (such as education, support or customer service).
We will very much use an explorative approach, using curiosity-led research to arrive at scientifically, societally and technically relevant results.
Further details :
Additional financial support is available for attending conferences and workshops.