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Mar 19
Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics

Prof. Francisco Santos won the 2017 Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics of the German Physical Society! This award recognizes outstanding original contributions to a better understanding of socio-economic systems.

The award ceremony occurs on Monday 20th March, in Dresden, Germany.

More information about the award session, here.



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Mar 7
New version of FAtiMA is available

We are pleased to announce that the new version of the FAtiMA agent architecture, named FAtiMA Toolkit, is currently available as an open-source project on GitHub:

Besides porting the code from Java to C#, the new FAtiMA offers many significant improvements over its previous iterations, such as the inclusion of dedicated authoring tools and the ability to work on multiple application environments (Windows, Mac, Browser, iOS, Android, Linux).

FAtiMA Toolkit is currently being developed under the RAGE H2020 project.



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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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Jan 26
GAIPS has a new Robot!!!

There is a new robot in the GAIPS laboratory!

The next time you go to our lab, you might find a new robotic resident moving around.

It is eager to meet everyone who comes to know it.

See a picture of the robot below.

GAIPS new mobile robot

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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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