Online version at: http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers/jobs/job_495243383836.htm

Salary: £30,434–£45,954
Location: Edinburgh
Department: Interaction Lab, Dept of Computer Science
Category: Research
Status: Full Time
Duration: 36 months fixed-term

About our team:

The posts will be located in the Interaction Lab at Heriot Watt University’s School of Mathematics and Computer Science (MACS), see http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab . The successful candidates will join a group of about 15 people, consisting of postdoctoral and Phd researchers and faculty with expertise in NLP, machine learning, HRI, and multimodal interfaces. Our current projects involve collaborations with Aldebaran Robotics, the University of Glasgow, IDIAP (Geneva), LAAS (Toulouse), and the BBC.

Further details:

The main research duties are to implement and evaluate socially intelligent conversational interfaces for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), and to collect and analyse multimodal HRI data. Experience with machine learning approaches in AI and spoken dialogue systems / NLP is highly desirable. The successful applicants will also present the research outputs at project meetings and international conferences.

The main duties of the posts are to perform collaborative research on the EC Horizon 2020 project “MuMMER” (Multimodal Mall Entertainment Robot), to contribute to EC deliverables and research publications, to write and submit research articles, and to participate in EC project research meetings and international conferences.

Two positions are available, at grade 7 or 8 depending on experience. Both positions are for 36 months duration, with opportunities for extension dependent on performance and future funding applications.

Key duties and responsibilities:

To implement and evaluate socially intelligent interfaces for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI);
To implement HRI applications using machine learning techniques for dialogue management; Natural Language understanding, and Natural Language generation;
To collect and analyse multimodal HRI data;

Essential Criteria:

Experience (at PhD level or equivalent) with Human-Robot Interaction, AI, Machine Learning, NLP, dialogue systems or related research areas
Software development in Java and/or C++ and/or Python and/or Matlab

Desirable Criteria:

Collaborative research experience.
Prior research in the field of HRI
Research experience with speech recognition and synthesis
Research experience with computer vision methods in HRI

How to apply:

Applications for this vacancy should be made online through the Heriot-Watt University iRecruit system, athttp://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers/jobs/job_495243383836.htm

Please contact Prof. Oliver Lemon (o.lemon@hw.ac.uk) for further details.

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 20th November 2015.

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