PhD opportunities in affect modeling in robots and Artificial Life

Lola Canamero

PhD Opportunities in Embodied Emotion, Cognition, and Interaction in Autonomous & Social Robots and Artificial Life Simulations
University of Hertfordshire, UK
Contact: Dr Lola Cañamero (L.Canamero@...)

Applications are invited from excellent candidates with good first degrees in computer science, cognitive science, biology, neuroscience, cybernetics, psychology, or other relevant disciplines to work as research students with Dr Lola Cañamero (L.Canamero@...) at the Embodied Emotion, Cognition, and (Inter-)Action Lab ( for a period of three years. Projects are available regarding various aspects of Embodied Emotion, Cognition, and Interaction in Autonomous Social Robots and Artificial Life Simulations, from a biologically-inspired embodied perspective that emphasizes and models the roles that the body and physical and social interaction play in embodied affective cognition, primarily in (but not limited to) the areas listed below.

Please visit for descriptions of the various topics, and for videos of related projects in our lab.

1) Emotional (Hormonal) Modulation of Cognition-Action: e.g., in decision making, memory, learning, motivational processes, the dynamics of behavior control, bodily representations, the development of awareness.

2) Developmental and Epigenetic Robotics: the development of affective systems; affective and cognitive development in human-robot interactions.

3) The Evolution of Affective Systems and Affect Expression in Autonomous Agents and Robots.

4) Affective Social Cognition and the Dynamics of Affect-Based Relationships in Social Groups.

5) Affective Robot Companions: ROBIN, an affective autonomous robot to support children with diabetes. Please visit Robin's website for further information about Robin:

6) Embodied Computational Psychiatry (Robots and Mental Health): Autonomous Robots as Embodied Models of Mental Disorders. Please visit the project's website for further information:

Funding and application process:

A limited number of studentships (£15,285 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees) are available for exceptional candidates, with an application deadline of 31st May 2020 (shortlisting will start on 1st June 2020). Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible.

We also accept applications for self-funded PhDs throughout the year.

Application forms can be downloaded here: . Please note that you must download the application form to your computer before you complete it. If you try to complete the form in the browser window, the information you have entered might be lost when the form is saved.

In the application, please mention clearly that you are applying for a studentship in the area of Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter-)Action, and the topic(s) of your interest.

Completed application forms should be returned to:

Lynette Spelman and Emma Thorogood
Research Student Administrators
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, UK
tel: +44 (0)1707 286083

Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees.

Application deadline: please apply by the end of 31st May 2020 at the latest; the next shortlisting process for studentship applications will start on 1st June 2020.

Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent by the latest Research Assessment Exercise, with 50% of the research submitted being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research (CCSIR), where our PhD students are based, provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialized and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training or researcher development opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.

Dr Lola Cañamero
Reader in Adaptive Systems
Head of the Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter-)Action Lab
School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire
College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB, UK
Phone: +44-(0)1707284357,
Cell: +44-7958074606,
Fax: +44-(0)1707-284303
Room LC254 (Office)
E-mail: L.Canamero@... or L.Canamero.UH@...
Skype: lolacanamero

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