Netherlands: PhD position on Robots

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The Metaverse (global standards among real
and virtual worlds) project will provide a standardized global
framework that enables the interoperability between virtual worlds (as
for example Second Life, World of Warcraft, IMVU, Google Earth and many
others) and the real world (robots, sensors, actuators, vision and
rendering, social and welfare systems, banking, insurance, travel, real
estate and many others). The project is a funded through the European
ITEA organization and the Dutch SenterNovem organization.

The
Metaverse project will start with a state-of-the-art review of existing
technology. The first step to classify robots is to create a taxonomy
and nomenclature that may be inspired by the Linnaean classification
system. The robot taxonomy will define the criteria on which the
classes and orders may be distinguished. Some first works on robot
taxonomies are available (Fong, Nourbakhsh, & Dautenhahn, 2003;
Yanco & Drury, 2004) and will be examined for applicability. The
robot taxonomy will then be applied to robots, starting with currently
available robots and then extending to historical important robots.
Their data will be gathered in a web-based database, the Internet Robot
Database (IRDB). The IRDB will be setup as a community process that
will enable the interested audience to continuously expand and improve
the database. Based on the IRDB and the taxonomy, a communication
standard and protocol will be developed in close collaboration with the
other Metaverse partners, including Philips Research, Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam and Utrecht University. Last, several usage
scenarios for the communication standard and protocol will be developed
and tested.

Requirements


University Graduate

The candidate
should have a Masters degree in computer science, information science
or a close related field. He/she should be seriously interested in
robotics, taxonomies, web technologies and communication protocols, as
witnessed by project results or relevant courses. The candidate must be
able to co-operate in a multidisciplinary and international team. The
candidate needs to have a scientific attitude and the motivation to
perform his/her research at the high level of technological design
within the given time frame.

Organization


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Department of Industrial Design

The department of Industrial Design of the
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), founded in 2001, is a rapidly
growing department with over 500 students, both Bachelor and Master,
and around 150 staff members. With a strong emphasis on research the ID
department focuses on the design of intelligent products, systems,
services and networks. These innovative products enable people to
interact with their environment in an optimal and flexible way. The
TU/e ID engineer, who has developed a wide range of competencies during
his/her education, is capable of integrating technology, user aspects,
design and business/marketing insights. This MSc-program is practice
oriented, capable to deal with and aware of relevant issues as
formulated by industry and society at large. Ambient Intelligence and
Ambient (health) Care draw special attention within the TU/e and ID
particular, and is an important research and application field. ID
encompasses four areas: Technology covered by the Designed Intelligent
(DI) group, User aspects, covered by User Centered Engineering (UCE)
group, Design, covered by the Designing Quality in Interaction (DQI)
group, and Business, covered by the Business Process Design (BPD)
group.

Conditions of employment


Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2000 – 2500
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional Information


Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr. Christoph Bartneck
Telephone number: +31(0)402475175

Ms. Julma Braat
Telephone number: +31(0)402475883
E-mail address: j.a.c.l.braat @tue.nl

 
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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Application


You can apply for this job before 01-10-2008 by sending your application to:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
HG 3.92
Ms. J. Braat
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
Nederland
E-mail address: j.a.c.l.braat@tue.nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number V51.062.

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