Research Engineer/Scientist
Human-Robot Interaction, Hri
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Toyota Research Institute

51-200 employees

R&D arm of Toyota
Company Overview
Toyota Research Institute's mission is to improve the quality of human life through advances in artificial intelligence, automated driving, robotics, and materials science. They're dedicated to building a world of “mobility for all” where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in harmony with technology to enjoy a better life.
Cambridge, MA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. or Ph.D. (Robotics, Biomechanical / Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Human-Robot Interaction, or related engineering field) OR equivalent practical experience
  • Knowledge of key robotics areas such as trajectory optimization, sampling based planners, reactive planning and control, compliant motion control, modeling soft-contact, and coordinated whole-body control
  • Experience in applying machine learning to real robots, including areas such as reinforcement, imitation, and sim2real transfer
  • Experience with robotic applications that involve humans in the loop, including human intent estimation and testing out proof of concepts with users
  • Experience with and understanding of multi-modal sensing including visual perception (e.g., cameras, lidar) and force/contact sensors (e.g., force-torque sensors, pressure/tactile sensing)
  • Strong software engineering skills, preferably in C++ and Python, and experience deploying onto physical robotic systems, including strong analysis and debugging skills
  • Experience with robotic system integration in the context of complex, open-ended, cross-functional projects
  • Experience with deployment of high DoF (degrees of freedom) robots in the real world (i.e., home settings) for extended periods and debugging/servicing as needed
  • Desire to iterate on concepts to include end-user or Subject Matter Expert feedback and prove out concepts in user studies
  • A great teammate with strong communication skills, and a willingness to learn from others and contribute back to the robotics community with publications and open source code
  • Passion for seeing robotics help humans and desire to have a real-world, large-scale impact
  • Research formal methods for safe hands-on, physical human-robot interactions derived from user needs of aging society
  • Develop provably ergonomically safe physical human-robot interactions derived from expert human-human demonstrations
  • Collect multi-modal data sets (motion capture and various tactile sensors) of expert demonstrations for controller development
  • Develop and deploy these algorithmic solutions in a physics-based simulation and on real hardware and conduct user studies with real people
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with user experience researchers and designers, roboticists, and software engineers
  • Follow software practices that produce maintainable code, including automated testing, continuous integration, code style conformity, and code review