Research Associate in Tactile Robot Hands

University of Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom

The ambition of this project is to create a biomimetic forebrain based on computer modelling of the mammalian neural system that implements active touch in animals, and use this to perform general tactile perception, exploration and manipulation tasks in robots. In doing so, we aim to build tactile robots that can perceive and interact with their surroundings with the dexterity and robustness of human touch. The development of a biomimetic forebrain with these functional capabilities will give new insight into human/animal embodied intelligence, of broad relevance to science, philosophy and the public interest, and help reshape the interface between the biological, social and physical sciences with a shared goal of understanding life via an embodied biomimetic brain.

This application is for a Research Associate in Tactile Robot Hands. The post-holder will complement and support three other postdoctoral researchers and a technician, who will collectively develop artificial intelligence methods for active touch embodied on state-of-the-art tactile robot hands and link the progress to a model of the mammalian forebrain involved in active touch in animals.

You will hold (or will be expected to obtain soon) a strong PhD in a discipline relevant to the project. In addition to a strong research track record you will also have excellent communication and presentation skills, and the enthusiasm to develop

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