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Department of Computer Science

PhD in Machine Learning and Human-Robot Interaction (THRIVE++ Project)

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  • Directly Funded Project (European/UK Students Only)

This research project has funding attached. Funding for this project is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

This candidate will carry out a PhD investigating the role of multimodal interaction and theory of mind in human robot cooperation and the acceptability and trust of robot companions. This will involve use of the latest machine learning methods for robot's cognitive architectures. The PhD research will develop novel cognitive robotics architecture for trust and will carry out human-robot experiments.

The student will work collaboratively as part of the cognitive robotics research lab at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Angelo Cangelosi. Close collaboration with the other THRIVE++ project staff and partners will also be required.

Application deadline: 10th January 2022 (applications will be considered after the deadline, until the position is filled).

The project funding will cover UK home fees and a PhD bursary.

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Person specification

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Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.


Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will have good time management.
  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.


Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?