Internship position available in SoftBank Robotics Europe (Paris)

About the company:

SoftBank Robotics is driving technology forward by becoming a worldwide leader brand in robotics. The SoftBank Robotics brand name regroups more than 500 employees working in Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai.

Guided by the SoftBank Group's corporate philosophy, "Information revolution - happiness for everyone," companies under the SoftBank Robotics Holdings umbrella develop humanoid robots and are dedicated to continued research in the field of robotics and related products and services.

SoftBank Robotics Europe (SBRE) is headquartered in Paris and regroups 400 employees. Creator of the robots NAO, Pepper and Romeo, used today in more than 70 countries worldwide, in various fields, such as research, education, retail, healthcare, tourism, hospitality or entertainment.

Brief description of the project:

This project will focus on conversational robots for dialogue. The aim of the project is personalizing the long-term interaction through a long-term memory. The internship involves preparing and conducting two human-robot interaction (HRI) experiments on the Pepper robot to evaluate the interaction and memory. The student will be expected to develop an interface through JavaScript and Python to conduct and evaluate dialogue interactions with the robot, based on the state-of-art systems and dialogue corpora.

External modules for face recognition, speech recognition and memory would need to be integrated with the robot for fully embodied and autonomous HRI. The internship requires the ability to understand and write scientific articles, and independently conduct real-world experiments. It is a paid full-time internship for 6 months.

This project will be supervised by Bahar Irfan and Alexandre Mazel. Bahar Irfan is an Early-Stage Researcher and a third-year PhD candidate at the CRNS in Plymouth University and SoftBank Robotics Europe, Paris, in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks project APRIL ( ) under the supervision of Prof. Tony Belpaeme (Ghent University) and Dr. Michael Garcia Ortiz (SoftBank Robotics Europe, AILab). Alexandre Mazel is the director of the Software Innovation team in SoftBank Robotics Europe.


* Proficiency in Python and JavaScript

* English proficiency, French is optional

* Understanding of Linux/Unix systems

* Experience with Human-Robot Interaction, AI, Robotics

* (Strongly preferred) Prior experience with NAO or Pepper

* (Optional) Experience in machine learning, speech recognition, dialogue agents

* EU citizenship or French residency with a student visa that permits to work

Starting date: As soon as possible

Duration: 6 months

Location: Paris, in SoftBank Robotics Europe headquarters

The ideal candidate is a master/ engineering student in Computer Science / Machine Learning / Robotics, with good programming skills and passion for human-robot interaction. This position is available only to students due to French law.

Applications can be made immediately and will be considered until the position is fixed.

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