Job: Post-doc position in Dialog Systems and Social Robotics

Postdoctoral position in Dialog systems and Social robotics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Computer Science and Communication
Stockholm, Sweden

Last application date: 31 August 2017


The work will be done in a newly funded project called “Exploring situated interaction with social robots using augmented reality”, lead by Assoc. Prof. Gabriel Skantze. The goal of the project is to explore how augmented reality can be used to create virtual robots that can interact with humans. A central question will be how social robots should engage in spoken interaction with humans in their surroundings, and how they can adapt their conversational behavior to the users’ level of attention and engagement.

The initial task will be to develop a framework using (for example) Microsoft HoloLens and our open source tools for conversational systems (IrisTK). This framework will then be used to record interaction data, and build machine learning models that can be used to understand the user’s behavior, as detected by the HoloLens sensors. Finally, the framework will be used for controlled experiments in which we will explore how the robot’s behavior and appearance affects the interact ion, and compare with physical robots.

The position is mainly a research position, with a small fraction of departmental duties (e.g. teaching). This postdoctoral position is a full-time employed position for one year with a possible one-year extension. The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.


Applicants should have a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research, such as computer science, speech technology, computational linguistics, or cognitive science. The position requires good skills in programming, machine learning, and statistical analysis. Good command of English, in writing and speaking, is a prerequisite for presenting research results in international periodicals and at conferences. We also expect applicants to have a deep interest in spoken language interaction, and to have done their PhD in a related area.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

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The Speech group at the department of Speech Music and Hearing, at KTH, is an internationally recognized research lab in speech technology and sound and music computing. The speech research is focused on human-like communication with machines and robots based on multimodal information. The research area is truly multi-disciplinary, bridging computer science, machine learning, linguistics, and perception and cognitive disciplines. For more information go to


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Application should include the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Transcripts from university/university college
  3. Brief description of why the applicant is interested in the position.
  4. Letters of recommendation

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Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).


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Ingela Hedberg / HR Officer,
Gabriel Skantze / Associate Professor, / +46 8 790 78 74

LAST APPLICATION DATE:  31 August 2017 11:59 PM CET

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