PhD Student - Manipulation of deformable objects in the context of multimodal interaction in human-in-the-loop robot imitation (MSCA ITN SOCRATES)

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Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial, CSIC-UPC in Barcelona announces the availability of a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher PhD position in Robotics. Understanding the essence of continuous object manipulations is a non-trivial but important problem in robotics. When it comes to non-rigid deformable objects, such as real garments, it becomes more challenging due to the much higher dimensionality and complexity of the deformation surface. In this study, the selected candidate will carry out research on understanding, recognizing, and learning of manipulation of deformable objects in the context of multimodal interaction in human-in-the-loop robot imitation. The research will be performed within the SOCRATES (SOcial Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society) – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. The project is in close collaboration with Asst. Prof. Eren Erdal Aksoy as co-academic supervisor at Halmstad University (HH) in Sweden. It is foreseen that shorter periods of time will be spent at HH to perform various robotics experiments. ABOUT THE POSITION This is a full-time position available from March 2020 for a period of 5.5 months with a high possibility of a further extension to a fully-funded PhD position (out of the Marie Curie program). The 5.5-month position includes a competitive salary based on the standard Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living allowance and mobility allowance (approx. 33000 Eur gross per year), as well as family allowance, if applicable. Enough resources to fund experiments and conference travels are available. Applicant will be part of an international workgroup and an English-speaking environment.