[visionlist] Fully funded 3.5 year PhD position in Human-Robot Interaction at Centre for Robotics Research, King’s College London (UK/EU students only)

Oya Celiktutan oya.celiktutan at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 19:04:57 -05 2019

A 3.5-year fully funded PhD position is available in the Centre for
Robotics Research (CoRe), Department of Informatics, King’s College London,
UK. The position is in the areas of human-centred robotics and machine

Review of the applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.

Link: https://nms.kcl.ac.uk/oya.celiktutan/open.html


Suitable for UK/EU students only

3.5-year scholarship

£16.5K tax free stipend per year

Fees are waived

Starting date: September/October 2019

Research Project

The success of robots that are designed to work interactively with humans
significantly depends on their ability to recognise human’s expressive
gestures and activities and adapt themselves accordingly. This research
project is broadly concerned with developing novel approaches to learning
visual representations of human behaviour and investigating how these
representations can be used by robots. Specifically, the candidate will
research advanced computer vision and deep learning techniques to aim at
addressing one of the following research problems: (i)
recognition/anticipation of human actions/activities; (ii) recognition of
social signals such as facial expression, head pose and eye gaze; (iii)
interpretation of human behaviours to estimate higher level phenomena such
as cognitive states and emotional states; (iv) synthesis of human
behaviours via robots, within a context of practical applications in
human-robot interaction. Alternatively, the candidate can propose another
relevant problem in a closely related domain.


The ideal candidates will have a relevant degree in computer science,
electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, or equivalent. They will have
outstanding technical skills and prior experience in at least one of the
following fields: computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, and
human-robot interaction. Experience in writing research papers is a plus.

The ideal candidates will have a passion for contributing to development of
smart robotic systems that can facilitate an effective interaction with
human users for the purpose of assisting them. Applicants are expected to
be self-motivated and able to work independently. They should be committed
to advancing the state-of-the-art research and publishing in top research

Research Group

The selected candidate will join the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRE)
group within the Department of Informatics at King’s College London. The
mission of the CoRE group is to develop creative robotics approaches to
society’s most critical challenges. The centre brings together expertise in
sensing, high-precision manipulation, machine learning, intelligent control
and human-robot interaction to address a broad range of problems facing
health, manufacturing, agriculture, emergency response domains and much
more. The selected candidate will be a member of Dr Oya Celiktutan’s
research lab, and will contribute to ongoing research activities at CoRe in
the areas of computer vision, deep learning and human-robot interaction.

How to Apply

Please contact Dr Oya Celiktutan (https://nms.kcl.ac.uk/oya.celiktutan/)
with your CV to discuss your application.

To submit a formal application please follow the steps at


(i) Apply to King’s College London for a research degree programme using
the online admissions application (https://apply.kcl.ac.uk/);

(ii) Enter “Oya Celiktutan” in the supervisor name field of the KCL
Application Form;

(iii) Ensure you tick the box and enter the code STUDENTSHIP4HRI (please
copy and paste this code exactly) at item 5 (Award Scheme Code or Name) on
the funding part of the KCL Application Form.

Please upload all the relevant documentation, including a CV, a personal
statement (max. 1 page), a research proposal (max. 2 pages), transcripts of
your previous qualifications, two academic references and any English
language qualification that you have (if your first language is not

*Dr Oya Celiktutan*
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) | Centre for Robotics Research (CORE)
Department of Informatics | King’s College London | United Kingdom
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