The Interaction Lab is currently looking for a postdoc with experience in HRI, ideally relevant to socially assistive robotics. The specific need is for people who can make computational contributions (algorithms, models, methods) to HRI and validate them in fully-integrated robotics systems. The emphasis is currently not on user studies as the main priority. Postdoctoral candidates must be fundable by one or more of our currently active federal grants; this means candidates need to be US citizens or permanent residents. Qualified candidates should apply through this form.
The Interaction Lab only accepts students who are interested in human-robot interaction. Our research primarily focuses on socially assistive robotics. Please see our research pages for a better idea of the work we do.
Each academic year, we recruit (on average) one or two new PhD students into the Interaction Lab. To join the lab as a PhD students, you should apply to the Computer Science Department. Please read about the USC CS Department PhD program admissions process for more information.
Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to emails until a student has been accepted into the program.
If you are interested in the Interaction Lab but are applying to another Viterbi School Department, please note that we will not be made aware of your application or interest in the lab. You should work with your department to reach out to Professor Matarić directly. If you are a PhD student at USC already and interested in getting involved in the Interaction Lab robotics research, please contact Professor Matarić by email.
The Interaction Lab is always looking for highly motivated undergraduate and masters students to participate in our research projects. If you are interested in working on one of our open research projects, please read the current job postings here and apply here.
The Interaction Lab also supports undergraduate student researchers through NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) awards, for those students with relevant expertise and working on projects associated with our NSF-supported grants.
The Interaction Lab is very actively involved in K-12 STEM outreach. Here are some of our K-12 outreach activities. Because of the large number of interested K-12 student volunteers, we recommend that interested K-12 students apply via the USC Viterbi SHINE program, which provides additional programming in addition to lab work/training. K-12 students who have already worked with Interaction Lab PhD students and have an established relationship with them may connect via those contacts
The Interaction Lab hosts summer undergraduate students through the following programs: Viterbi SURE, Viterbi India, CRA-W DREU, and the Computer Science Department REU Site. Interested students should apply through those programs.
The Interaction Lab hosts a small number of K-12 summer students through the Viterbi SHINE program.
PhD and postdoc applicants for summer visits should see the section on Visitors below.
Externally-funded visitors interested in collaboration are welcome to contact Prof. Matarić by email, but because of limited resources, please note that we can only consider visitors who fulfill the following criteria:
- have a background that is directly related to one or more of our research areas, and
- plan to perform hands-on work on a well-defined agreed-upon project of mutual interest that would lead to joint publications.
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