The Bristol Robotics Laboratory within the Faculty of Environment and Technology of the University of the West of England are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the European Union funded MOBOT project.
Bristol Robotics Laboratory is the leading and most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 100 academics and industry practitioners, which lead current thinking in service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering.
MOBOT (Intelligent Active Mobility Assistance Robot integrating Multimodal Sensory Processing, Proactive Autonomy and Adaptive Interaction) is a 3-year European Union funded project that started in February 2013. Its purpose is to support mobility and thus enforce fitness and vitality by developing intelligent active mobility assistance robots for indoor environments that provide user-centred, context-adaptive and natural support. The main driving concept that we have been developing, envisions cognitive robotic assistants that act (a) proactively by realizing an autonomous and context-specific monitoring of human activities and by subsequently reasoning on meaningful user behavioural patterns, as well as (b) adaptively and interactively, by analysing multi-sensory and physiological signals related to gait and postural stability, and by performing adaptive compliance control for optimal physical support and active fall prevention.
An ongoing key methodology in MOBOT is the development of safe and assistive robot controllers for physical human-robot interaction that provide physical, sensorial and cognitive assistance to the elderly users of the system. In doing so, special attention has been paid to the investigation of energy-based safe robot controllers for continuous physical human-robot interaction as well as adaptive shared control schemes. This role is to continue our work in this direction.