Human Robot Interaction Team
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 3/23/2019

Opportunity Description

The Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) currently provides Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) research support to existing and proposed Department of Defense research programs. This research area is of critical importance to the Army for its understanding of the complexities and dynamics of human interaction with unmanned systems across domains (e.g., land, air) and capability levels (e.g., autonomy, manual control). In order to address the research challenges in HRI, numerous research programs are currently underway including: the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance, and the Distributed Soldier Load Through Robotics program. HRED requires the support of post-doctoral fellows who are highly-skilled individuals to help develop and conduct fundamental research in HRI. Duties: Serve as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in HRI research conducting research in fundamental research involving complex equipment, emerging technologies, and scientific phenomena pertaining to humans and autonomous systems. The research applies methods and techniques of cognitive and experimental psychology, human factors engineering, and/or computer science to the understanding and solution of human factors issues involving unmanned systems across a range of military operations. Advances in HRI theory and applications are required to support this area, and must draw from a host of disciplines comprising the social sciences, including cognitive, social, and industrial psychology; cognitive science; computer science; information science; mathematics; and engineering. For this Post Doctoral fellowship, expertise, knowledge, and skills are sought primarily in human-robot interaction, but we are also interested in a skill base in human-system interfaces, cognitive task analysis, cognitive models, concept mapping, mental models, human communications and language, and analytical skills and other research techniques appropriate to designing experiments and conducting statistical analyses on both quantitative and qualitative data. Experience should demonstrate that the applicant possesses a relevant knowledge base of cognitive psychology, human factors, computer science or engineering and has a basic understanding of psychological factors that play a role in human-system interaction, team collaboration, and cognitive performance, and the effects of technology on cognitive workload and human-system performance. Types of research range from simulations in a laboratory environment, to field exercises, to computer models. The research will contribute to the development of theory, models, methods, and measures for understanding the interdependencies between the cognitive, social, information, and communication aspects of interaction with unmanned autonomous systems and ultimately to help align Soldier and system capabilities in real time to support effective performance across a broad spectrum of military operations. Click here for more information

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Grooming future leaders in science and technology requires enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience of workers early in their careers. To that end, ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) assists in connecting the best and most diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and jobs, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.

ORAU works with agencies such as the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. We work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place recent graduates in full-time and part-time jobs in the Office of Research and Development at EPA under the National Student Services Contract. ORAU also works with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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