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Our Summer Intern Scholarship program allows undergraduate students to gain work experience by participating in the process of developing and evaluating socially intelligent agents and robots in the context of larger scale research projects.

Summer Internships

Building Intelligence for a Social Robot in a Game

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4 Positions Available
BSc or MSc students

INESC-ID Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa, is opening 4 research grants are now available at The GAIPS group from INESC-ID Lisbon (
We are seeking young students in the areas of Computer Science (Eng. Informática) or Electrical and Computer Engineering (Eng. Electrotécnica e de Computadores) who want to spend two months at GAIPS building intelligent behaviours for a social robot.

2 months from July 2nd 2014 (with a break in during 10 days in August). The grants may berenewed within the period of the project, not exceeding the maximum period set by FCT for such grants.

Objectives / summary
This year the internships will feature the creation of a small game of object manipulation by the robot Baxter (see based in direct instructions given by the users. The interns will have to learn how to create behaviours in Baxter (using ROS) and develop the small scenario with Lego blocks.

Scientific supervision
The activity will be supervised by Professor Ana Paiva, Professor Francisco Saraiva de Melo and Eng. Tiago Ribeiro, researchers at INESC-ID. The student will be integrated at INESC-ID in the GAIPS GROUP

Required education Level and research experience
Applicants can be finishing the BSc, or be MSc students, but should be able to work full time during these two Summer Months. Applications must be sent to and include a CV, a brief statement about research interests and motivation to join the project.

Evaluation criteria
The candidates will be evaluated according to their academic record, including:
· University Degree and grades
· Publication record;
· General research experience (projects, etc.)
· Relevant experience in the areas
· Interest and motivation to work in the topic of the internship
The Jury may also decide not to assign the scholarship, if none of candidates meets the required conditions.

Documents to be submitted
Detailed curriculum vitae; motivation letter; copy of academic study certificates;

Application Dates
From 16/06/2014 to 30/06/2014
For further information and proposal submission, please contact:



Summer Internship program history:


2013 - Summer internships in AI and Games (4 scholarships)

2013 - Summer internships in Psychology applied to HCI and HRI (2 scholarships)

2012 - "Ms Pac-Man vs Ghost Team" Competition (4 scholarships)