Research Assistant/Associate using Social Robotics to Support Health and Wellbeing of Dementia Patients
The Biomechatronics Laboratory at Imperial College London is recruiting candidates for a research post in social robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. This project, Psychosocial Robotic Engagement for Dementia Patients in Smart Environs, is an exciting opportunity for a researcher interested in exploratory research in robotic support of the elderly, in particular to address isolation and health monitoring challenges faced...
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- Reference ENG01385
- Date posted 9 September 2020
- Closing date 1 November 2020
The Biomechatronics Laboratory at Imperial College London is recruiting candidates for a research post in social robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. This project, Psychosocial Robotic Engagement for Dementia Patients in Smart Environs, is an exciting opportunity for a researcher interested in exploratory research in robotic support of the elderly, in particular to address isolation and health monitoring challenges faced by dementia patients and their care givers today.
The project seeks to extend academic and commercial research by our team to clinically translate robotic cognitive engagement tools for patients with dementia. The focus of the study is to introduce and validate the efficacy of voice agents and interactive social robots to support health monitoring of dementia patients in smart environments. It will be conducted thorough the Dementia Research Institute Care Research and Technology Centre in close collaboration with engineers, computer scientists, and clinical neurologists.
Duties and responsibilities
- Develop robotic and artificial intelligence systems to interact with dementia patients
- Deploy social robotic systems in smart homes to engage, monitor, and clinically support the dementia patients and their care givers
- Conduct experiments which encourage psychosocial robotic interactions with the elderly
- Work closely with clinical neurologists and behavioural therapists to extract 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
- You must have experience in some combination of artificial intelligence, social robotics, voice agents and neurorobotics is essential for the post.
- Programming skills in C, C++ and/or Python as well as some experience in app development are advantageous.
- The ideal candidate will also have some experience (e.g. publications) in testing and deployment of social robots and/or intelligent voice agents.
This is a fixed term position for up to 36 months. We anticipate the start date of this role will be before the end of November 2020.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.
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