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One or more HCC PhD Stipends in AI-Collaboration Drones (16-21088G)

Reannouncement: At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Computer Science, one or more PhD stipends are available within the Computer Science study program. The stipends are open for appointment at the earliest from July 1, 2022 or soon thereafter.The Department of Computer Science features a broad range of synergistic activities within research and education in the general area of computer science, including curiosity-driven research and targeted research in collaboration with industrial partners, as well as traditional university education, with a unique problem- and project-based focus, and continued education and knowledge dissemination.

Job description

We are looking for one or more PhD students in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), that will be part of the Human-Centered Computing group's activities within Human-Centered AI and Collaborative AI. The stipends are supported by DIREC (Digital Research Centre Denmark).

The stipends cover research on interaction with swarms of drones and robots, and involves cases on search and rescue multi-drone interaction and agricultural multi-robot interaction. The project will involve the design and evaluation of digital prototypes in order to explore different interaction techniques to support end-users in controlling, navigating, and communicating with multi-drone or multi-robot systems. The project will involve requirements gathering from end-users and other stakeholders and evaluation of the developed prototypes through lab-based and in-situ studies. These user studies should integrate different techniques such as analysis of performance data, interviews and/or observations. The research will contribute by bridging academic research with companies currently developing solutions using drone or robot swarms. 

The applicants must have a master's degree in interaction design, software engineering, computer science, or closely related fields with very good grades. The applicants must have the required technical skills to develop prototypes as well as an excellent understanding of interaction design. Outstanding communication skills are essential. Prior experience with AI development and conducting user studies is desirable.

The application should contain a cover letter with motivation for applying and preferred starting date, a CV, copies of certificates, etc. In addition, a research statement (project description) of max. 2 pages excl. references must be attached. The description should outline the applicant's thoughts and ideas on possible research directions within the context of the topic mentioned above. 

You may obtain further information from Professor Mikael B. Skov, Department of Computer Science, phone: +459940 8922, email: concerning the scientific aspects of the stipends.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Sofie Pia Jensen, The Doctoral School at The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:, phone: +45 9940 3478.

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The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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Wed Jun 01 00:00:00 CEST 2022

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