The field of Anthropomorphic/Humanoid Robotics is widely recognized as the current “Grand Challenge” for robotics research. The main motivation is that these robots once viable will find a great number of applications in service tasks. For example, such robotic systems will permit to advance towards better rehabilitation of movement in amputees (e.g. intelligent and more human like prostheses) and better human-machine interaction (i.g. cognitive prosthesis). Due to the diversity of actions/tasks to be performed and the range of possible interactions with objects (and humans), it is impractical to explicitly pre-program an anthropomorphic robot with such capabilities. Instead it would be ideal if these systems could learn by imitation what tasks to execute and how they should be performed. The immediate benefit is that “programming by imitation” provides a powerful method for a non-technical user to “program” its robot/prosthesis.
The focus of the work in this Postdoctoral Position will be the development of a functionally autonomous anthropomorphic robot which will be able to learn through imitation how to carry out real-world interaction tasks. The work will be performed in close collaboration with researchers working in other related projects financed by EC and/or FCT and will imply intensive international co-operation with diverse research institutions in Robotics, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psycholinguistics in Europe.
List of finished related projects:
- “ArteSImit - Artefact Structural Learning Through Imitation” financed by the European Commission (ref. IST-2000-29689), finished in December 2004.
- “CoopDyn - Synthesis of Cooperative Behavior in Multi-Robot Systems: a Nonlinear Attractor Dynamics Approach” financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology-FCT (refª. POSI/SRI/38051/2001), finished in May 2006.
List of related projects under development:
- “JAST – Joint Action Science and Technology”, Integrated Project financed by the by the European Commission (refª IST-2-003747-IP).
- “Anthropomorphic robotic systems: control based on the processing principles of the human and other primates’ motor system and potential applications in service robotics and biomedical engineering” Financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology-FCT and University of Minho (refª CONC-REEQ/17/2001)
- Istituto di Fisiologia Umana, Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy,
- Honda Research Institut Europe, GmbH, Offenbach, Germany,
- Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information, Netherlands,
- Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany,
- Tecnhical University of Munchen, Department of Computer Science, Germany,
- Institut für Neuroinformatik, University of Bochum, Germany.
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Applicants must provide:
- Cover letter stating the reasons for applying;
- Curriculum vitae including a photo and list of publications (in English);
- Documentation of previous studies and certified copies of all university degrees received;
- Exposé of research interests (max. 3 pages).
In addition two letters of recommendation of persons familiar with the applicant's work and studies should be sent separately, by the deadline. The documentation should be sent to the Algoritmi Centre, before 30 August 2007, to the following e-mail address: