August 23, 2016


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

Closing date for applications was 30th of November 2016.

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 is hired as PhD student at a home university, as listed above. Shorter periods of the training, and regular project meetings, take 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.