PhD position in Computer Science

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-03264/2019

Örebro University is currently offering research study opportunities on the doctoral programme in Computer Science. For the successful candidate, the programme will conclude with the award of the Degree of Doctor Philosophy in Computer Science. The start date of the programme is in the autumn of 2019 or spring of 2020.

1 PhD position on Machine Learning for Coaching Robots.

This position is funded by the Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP, wasp-sweden.org), a major Swedish national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment in autonomous systems and software development, with the ambition to advance Sweden into an internationally recognized and leading position in these areas.

The research topic for this PhD position is to devise and implement new artificial intelligence-based  systems for companion robots. The robots are aimed to coach people in order to improve their mental well-being and their quality of life. Example coaching activities include suggesting music to relax, calling a friend, waking up on time, etc. The robot should look for the best moment to intervene during the daily activities of people. Therefore, a key component will be the long-term learning of activities of daily life of people through pro-active perception and interaction with the user, with main focus on machine learning algorithms. Additional capabilities of the companion robot include navigation, people detection, planning, and human-robot interaction among others.

Target populations of this system include elderly people living independently, and people at risk of developing negative mental states (stress, anxiety, and depression), among others.

The PhD candidate is expected to collaborate with other lab members working in related topics, and to have an open attitude toward multi-disciplinary research and toward working with end-users.

Online information

Information on admission to the programme, application form, the general syllabus for the subject, the Regulations Handbook, and other information can be found on Örebro University’s webpage for research student information: www.oru.se. You can find information about ”How to apply for admission to doctoral studies” below.

For more information on the programme and the post, please contact the supervisor Oscar Martinez Mozos. Homepage:  www.detcp.upct.es/Personal/OMartinez), email: This is an email address or the head of the unit Prof. Amy Loutfi +46 19 30 11 16 (This is an email address).

Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

The programme

The successful candidate is offered a place on the research study programme concluding with the Degree of Doctor. The programme comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. Extensions to the study period are granted for instance to compensate for any sick leave and parental leave.

Information on programme content and organisation can be found in the general syllabus for the subject.

Doctoral studentships

The position is offered as a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme. Duties such as teaching, administration and research other than the student’s own thesis project may be included, however with no more than 20 per cent of a full-time post. To compensate for time spent on such duties, extensions to the programme length and funding period will be granted. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 26 900 SEK per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to research studies, applicants are required to meet general and specific entry requirements. In addition, they shall be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for research studies if they

  1. have been awarded a qualification at the Master’s level, or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded at the Master’s level, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible. The university may permit exemptions from the entry requirements for individual applicants, if there are special grounds.

For applicants to meet the specific entry requirements for research studies in the subject, the following applies: A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes in the subject if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering or a one-year Master’s degree from a programme within the subject field or related subjects, or if he or she has received a passing grade of at least 120 credits, including an independent project on the second cycle, in a main field of study of relevance to the computer science field.

Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meet the specific entry requirements. Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.

The assessment whether an applicant has such ability in other respects to benefit from the programme shall be made based on prior courses and programmes taken by the applicant, on other previous activities, as well as on the essays and other independent projects of a scholarly nature that have been submitted by the applicant. Good communication skills both in speaking and in writing in English is required.

In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the research studies shall be taken into account (see the university’s selection criteria, annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject). If applicants are found to have equal qualifications, preference will be given to applicants of the underrepresented sex. The term underrepresented sex here refers to if and when the share of either female or male students enrolled on the research study programme in the subject amounts to less than 40 per cent.

Application

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

When applying for admission to research studies, always attach the following documents:

  • The form: Application form for admission to research studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Proof of completed higher education, if applicable degree certificates.
  • Independent project (degree project).
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • A brief description of research interests

As a general rule, applications and enclosures should be written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish. Documents written in other languages must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (www.kammarkollegiet.se).

When assessing higher education credentials from abroad, Örebro University follows the principles for validation applied by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). Applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad are recommended to contact UHR (www.uhr.se) to have their qualifications assessed.

An application for admission to the programme is by default also an application for a doctoral studentship.

The application deadline is 2019-08-15. We look forward to receiving your application!

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