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Feb 13
Vítor V. Vasconcelos defended his PhD!!

Vítor V. Vasconcelos has successfully defended his PhD with the highest distinction. Well done, Vítor!!!






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Nov 6
Open Post-doctoral Research Grant in Project INSIDE

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to integrate the GAIPS research team for project INSIDE.

INSIDE is a research project that investigates symbiotic human-robot interactionand applications to the therapy of children with autism spectrum disorders. The INSIDE consortium includes INESC-ID, from Portugal, Carnegie Mellon University, from the USA, and Instituto Superior Técnico, Nova University, Hospital Garcia de Orta, all from Portugal. It also includes three Portuguese SMEs (IDMind, PLUX and VoiceInteraction).



The hired post-doctoral researcher is expected to contribute to both the fundamental and the technological research in INSIDE, while also assuming a coordinating role of other grantees working in development. In particular, the researcher is expected to contribute to one or more of the following topics:

  • Development of a hierarchical architecture for human-robot unstructured interaction that accommodates sensing, reasoning and acting at the task, action and motor levels;
  • Deployment of novel machine learning approaches allowing a robot to learn interaction strategies from human examples obtained during wizard-of-oz studies; such approaches should be able to handle sparse, incomplete and noisy data;

The grantee is also expected to participate in all project meetings.

The grant has duration of 12 months, starting on 01/12/2016, and can be renewed up to August 2018 (renewal is subject to suitable performance). The fellowship contract will be celebrated according to the current “Regulations for Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology", the INESC-ID Grant regulations approved by FCT, and to the Status of Scientific Research Fellow (Lei nº 40/2004 de 18 de Agosto, and its successive amendments). It includes a monthly stipend of 1495 euros, in accordance with the values stipulated in the “Regulations for Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology” and INESC-ID Lisboa Grant Regulations approved by FCT as well as accident insurance and social security contribution.

The researcher will integrate the GAIPS group of INESC-ID, in TagusPark, and be supervised by Prof. Francisco S. Melo.

Selection process

The successful candidates are expected to hold a PhD in computer science, electrical engineering or related area, with experience in one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Human-robot interaction;
  • Machine learning;

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record of the candidate (including publication record and past experience in research projects) and relevance of the research areas of the candidate with respect to the goals of the project (70%);
  • (20%) Motivation letter;
  • (10%) Personal references;

The candidates may be subject to an interview, and the jury may decide to offer or not the fellowship, depending on the applicants CV and performance. For interviewed candidates, the interview will count for 50% of the evaluation of each criteria above.

The Jury may also decide not to assign the fellowship, if none of candidates meets the required conditions.

The jury will convene in 30/11/2014 and is composed of

The final evaluation results will be publicized through an ordered list, and the candidates will be notified of the Jury decision by email.

Application process

Candidates should submit:

  • A detailed CV (including list of publications)
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy of official academic degree certificates
  • Name of two personal references

Deadline for application:

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to:

Francisco S. Melo

E-mail: fmelo @ inesc - id . pt


INESC-ID / Instituto Superior Técnico
TagusPark, Edifício IST
Av. Prof. Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva,
2744-016 Porto Salvo

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Sep 6
GAIPS Participation @ RO-MAN 2016

GAIPS team had 6 papers accepted at RO-MAN conference!!!

RO-MAN conference is a well known conference in the field of Human-Robot Interaction and this year took place in New York City between 26-31 August.

Gaips team was well represented with 5 papers as oral paper presentation and 1 as poster in the interactive session.

Congratulations to everyone for this awesome work and good luck in your future endeavors!

For more info on the conference follow the link here.

GAIPS team at RO-MAN 2016

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Sep 5
Gal Kaminka Seminar

Gal Kaminka visited our group today.

He gave a talk entitled "Teams, Swarms, Crowds, and Collectives: Special Cases?"

Teams of agents and robots, swarms of robots or animals, crowds of people, and collectives (of everything) permeate our technological, biological, and sociological worlds. They have inspired generations of researchers in multi-agent and multi-robot systems. However, much of the research has split along technological and philosophical fault-lines: emergent or planned?  communicating or just sensing? globally coordinated, or locally-reactive?  rational or procedural?
This talk will briefly explore three fronts, which bridge over such fault lines: Cognitive psychology connecting with human crowds, reinforcement learning in swarms connecting with game theory, and Asimov's laws implemented in molecular robots (nanobots).  These
fronts hint at a broader and deeper science of social intelligence that is still waiting to be discovered.

Gal A. Kaminka is a professor at the computer science department and the brain sciences research center, at Bar Ilan University (Israel), where he chairs the Bar Ilan University Robotics Consortium, and his MAVERICK research group.
His research expertise includes multi-agent and multi-robot systems, teamwork and coordination, behavior and plan recognition, and modeling social behavior. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California (2000), spent time as a post-doctorate fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (until 2002), and a year as a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2012).  Prof. Kaminka was awarded an IBM faculty award and top places at international robotics competitions.
He is the 2013 recipient of the Israeli national Landau Prize in exact sciences.

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