Research Assistant / Associate in Human-Robot Interaction

Job summary

The Biomechanics group within the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received funding to explore human-robot interfaces. It is well accepted that for a robot to interact effectively with humans, it should manifest some for of believable behaviour and establish social expectations and regulated interaction. Our project aims to use electroencephalography (EEG) experiments with elderly patients in developing countries in order to assess...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00569
  • Date posted 14 November 2018
  • Closing date 16 December 2018

Job description

Job summary

The Biomechanics group within the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received funding to explore human-robot interfaces. It is well accepted that for a robot to interact effectively with humans, it should manifest some for of believable behaviour and establish social expectations and regulated interaction. Our project aims to use electroencephalography (EEG) experiments with elderly patients in developing countries in order to assess levels of engagement and develop robot behaviour to subsequently encourage socialisation.

­This work is part of the Psychosocial Robotic with Elderly in Developing Nations project funded by the EPSRC. You will be heavily involved with psychiatrists, neurologists and engineering to develop robots which maximise the engagement of elderly patients with robots.

Duties and responsibilities

You will:

  • be key in developing a hybrid face robot to interact with patients
  • conduct EEG experiments to map brain activity
  • conduct experiments which encourage psychosocial interactions with the elderly in the UK and Asia
  • work in conjunction with others in the development of signal recognition paradigms extracting key features from data gathered in relation to human-robot cognitive engagement
  • organize patient testing ethics and participate in writing of new research grant applications

Essential requirements

­We are looking for an individual who has a background in Computer Science, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (or a closely related discipline).

You must have knowledge of Robotics and have practical experience of signal processing, programming and neurorobotics.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 9 months in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr R Vaidyanathan at r.vaidyanathan@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.

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