August 23, 2016


scifi-robothelper-2400pxWe have recruited 15 PhD students for research on various aspects of social robotics aiming at eldercare.

The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalisation, user studies, and robot ethics.

The 15 PhD students are denoted ESR1-ESR15 (ESR stands for “Early Stage Researcher”).

The following positions have been filled

Umeå University, Sweden
ESR4 Implicit intention recognition by integrating speech and planning – Michele Persiani (April 1, 2017)
ESR6 Intention driven dialogue management – Maitreyee Tewari  (April 1, 2017)

Örebro University, Sweden
ESR7   Social robotic telepresence with sliding autonomy – André Potenza  (June 1, 2017)
ESR13 Measuring interaction effectiveness – Neziha Akalin (April 1, 2017)

Universität Hamburg, Germany
ESR1 Learning face and upper body emotion recognition –  Henrique Siqueira (April 1, 2017)
ESR2 Learning emotion recognition through auditory cues and language – Alexander Sutherland (April 1, 2017)

Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany
ESR5   Implicit intention recognition using visual sensors – Cagatay Odabasi (April 1, 2017)
ESR11 Adaptive hardware design – Truong-Giang Vo (October 1, 2017)

CSIC Barcelona, Spain
ESR8 Adaption through multimodal interaction and learning – Aleksandar Taranović (April 1, 2017)
ESR9 Robot personalisation – Antonio Andriella (March 1, 2017)

University of the West of England, England
ESR12 Interaction safety design – Antonella Camilleri (August 1, 2017)
ESR14 Ethical robot interaction – Anouk Van Maris (April 1, 2017)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
ESR3   Emotion recognition and expression based on Human Motion – Vesna Poprcova (December, 2017)
ESR10 Interaction design for varying levels of automation – Samuel Olatunji (June 11, 2017)
ESR15 Older adults’ interaction with robots – Naomi Yvonne Mbelekani (April 25, 2017)

Each ESR was hired as PhD student at a home university, as listed above. Shorter periods of the training, and regular project meetings, took place at other universities and companies involved in SOCRATES. A unique multidisciplinary programme provides training with both academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a career in both academy and industry.

For general information on SOCRATES, please refer to the project coordinator, Professor Thomas Hellström ( at Umeå University, Sweden.