Robot-era Funded PhD Research Studentship Experimental Investigations in Human-robot Interaction

Faculty of science and environment


Professor Angelo Cangelosi, Professor Tony Belpaeme

Project description

This research is part of the new European Union funded project ROBOT-ERA: Advanced robotic systems for an ageing population (

The PhD student will carry out experimental research on human-robot interaction in the context of the use of robot companions for the elderly. This will include controlled experiments on the evaluation of multimodal interfaces for interaction with robots (speech, tablets, web) and on-site experiments on interaction with robots in elderly people’s homes and social care homes.


Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a high grade Bachelors or Masters Degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science (with a human-robot or human-computer interaction focus), or related disciplines. The candidate must have a keen interest in robotics and computer technologies and a strong motivation to perform research. Previous experience with human-robot interaction experiments or programming for psychology experiments is desirable. Awareness of research methods and experimental psychology methodologies is essential.


The studentship will have a 3 year duration and consists of an annual bursary of £17,676 per annum. The successful candidate will be responsible for payment of their own tuition fees which will be £3,950 for Home/EU and £13,640 for Overseas students in 2013/2014. Fees are subject to annual review and will be at prevailing rates at the time.

For further information on the project or for an informal discussion, please contact Professor Angelo Cangelosi at Details about Plymouth University can be found at

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For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit the apply button below. Applicants should send a completed application form with copies of their qualifications and transcripts, two academic references, English Language qualification (if appropriate), a covering letter and a CV to Mrs Carole Watson, Room A425 Portland Square, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA or via email to

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 24 October 2013

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