Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-05586/2021
Örebro University and the School of Science and Technology are looking for a
doctoral student for the doctoral programme in computer science, concluding
with a doctoral degree.
Start date: autumn 2021.
The offered position is part of the new European research and innovation
project DARKO, to be coordinated by Örebro University through 2021-2024.
The topic for this position is aligned with contemporary research topics in
Human-Robot Spatial Interaction. The objective of this research direction is
a mobile robot, operating in close proximity to people for service and
collaboration. We aim to make this interaction safe, more efficient, and
enjoyable by better understanding human motion, intentions and reactions, and
incorporating this understanding into the navigation and control framework.
Specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to
research on (1) prediction of human motion and recognition of human
intentions through observation of articulated body motion and via eye-tracking
(thus enabling robots to take more informed decisions by anticipating
behaviours and reacting in a timely and safe manner); and (2) communication
of robot intent with a Spatial Augmented Reality system (projection on the
floor) and anthropomorphic social signalling (a small humanoid robot, that
acts as a “driver” of a forklift and signals its intentions with human-like
gestures), thus facilitating smooth and safe Human-Robot Spatial Interaction.
Research in this project will be performed in close interaction with other
doctoral students and senior researchers at Örebro University, and will also
involve substantial collaboration with our international partners.
The successful candidate is autonomous, shows strong and independent problem
solving and critical analytical abilities. Furthermore, the candidate has the
ability to co-operate and possesses personal maturity. Fluent spoken and
written command of English is essential, while knowledge of Swedish is not
necessary. Excellent programming skills are also required, as are a keen
interest in mathematics, computer science, and robotics. Prior knowledge in
probabilistic methods is beneficial. Experience with robotic sensing and
control, machine learning, and relevant software frameworks are other valuable
Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Professor Achim J
Lilienthal at Örebro University and Dr Andrey Rudenko at Bosch GmbH.
The programme and the doctoral studentship
The position is with the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS)
at Örebro University and is funded through the DARKO research and innovation
project ( Dynamic Agile Production Robots That Learn and Optimize Knowledge
and Operation ). The doctoral student will belong to the MRO (Mobile
Robotics and Olfaction) lab at AASS. The AASS centre
(https:// www. oru.se/aass) is a strong research environment and
internationally known for its expertise within artificial intelligence and
robotics. Nationally, the research in AI and Robotics at Örebro is leading,
and this is evidenced by the University's involvement in a number of high-
profile initiatives related to AI (see oru.se/ai). Örebro University is
highly active in the relevant European forums and platforms, and several EU-
funded research projects. Örebro University is a modern, broad-based, and
growing university. We endeavour to be an attractive place of work where
members of staff feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. Currently, 1,500
employees and 17,000 students come to work and study at Örebro University.
The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project
that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a
doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of
Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful
throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral degree. A
thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a
solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at
Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series,
covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to stress
management and networking.
The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for
the duration of the study programme. 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 SEK 28,100 a month.
The doctoral studentship is a tailored form of employment for students
enrolled on a doctoral programme. It guarantees employment for the duration of
the doctoral programme (given that the studies progress).
Entry requirements and selection
For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both
general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition,
applicants must 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 computer science.
Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in
computer science if they have 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 they have 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. A person who
has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also
meets the specific entry requirements.
For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, please
contact Prof. Achim J. Lilienthal () and Dr. Martin Magnusson ().
Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values the
qualities that diversity adds to our operations.
Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship
The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the
For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be
The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
Certificate on completed higher education courses and study programmes,
and if applicable a degree certificate
Degree project/independent project
Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying
eligibility and criteria met
Description of research interests – detailing the field of research you
are interested in, including, if applicable, theoretical and
methodological approaches (2-5 pages).
As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in
Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Documents in other languages must be
translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of
authorised translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal,
Financial and Administrative Services Agency),
When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral
The application deadline is 2021-09-24. We look forward to receiving your
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