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For the next 15 years, a greater demand for well-trained healthcare workers is expected. Yet, current trends identified by the World Health Organization indicate shortages of such workers. One of the key factors that contributes to this trend is the high rate of repetitive strain injuries sustained by healthcare workers due to ergonomic risks on the job. To support these workers, a robot for mobile manipulation could collaborate with the workers and possibly reduce some of the ergonomic risks of the job. For instance, by collaborating with workers during sorting tasks, and through the delivery of time-sensitive (bio) materials.
We are seeking a PhD student for the full-time 4-year project on “Interaction Design for Human-Robot Teamwork in Hospital Environments”. The goal of this PhD research project is to design and evaluate the physical shape, movement, and interaction of mobile collaborative robots, drawing upon the expertise of theatre actors. This will result in a set of guidelines for eliciting appropriate expectations, feelings of safety, intent communication and intuitiveness for mobile manipulation robots.
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You will be positioned in the Human Media Interaction (HMI) group of the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and you will be a part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team. The HMI lab does research into multimodal interaction: from brain computer interfaces to social robots. It is a multidisciplinary group in which computer science meets social science to investigate and design and evaluate novel forms of human-computer interaction. In addition, the PhD student will be part of a larger European project called Harmony. This EU project aims to develop assistive robotic mobile manipulation technologies for use in hospital environments. The Harmony consortium is a partnership made up for various entities: six university research departments, two hospitals, and two companies. The PhD student is expected to work in close collaboration with these partners.
The applicant is a team player: cooperation in a multi-disciplinary project team is required for realizing the project objectives. We are looking for an applicant who works on the intersection of technology and social sciences. Ideally someone who is interested and has some experience working across disciplines, such as design, the social sciences, computer science, and the arts.
As a PhD student at the UT, you will be appointed on a full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating scientific environment;
University of Twente (UT)
Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB, Enschede
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