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Elin Anna Topp, PhD (Tekn Dr)

 

Some pro-active comments on spontaneous applications for internships and PhD studies

While I am certainly flattered to be considered a suitable supervisor for a research internship of whatever duration and format, or even for PhD studies, prospective applicants might want to consider the following:

Internships: During summer, usually from mid June to mid August, activities at the University are cut down to a minimum and I personally tend to take a longer period of vacation during that time. Hence, I am not the most available supervisor during these months.

PhD studies: Sweden sees PhD students as employees, hence, even if I would like to grant an applicant the possibility to pursue their studies, I can only do that, if a proper PhD student position is available. These are usually announced through the respective website of the university (and here, if they concern my work).

In general: Applicants, who still think it is worth their time to contact me with their ideas, should consider reading my personal statement below and relate to my work with their proposal. I am not considering impersonal bulk-messages as to be taken serious.

Thanks!

About me

Since July 2012, I am an associate professor in the division for software development and environments (universitetslektor i avdelningen programvaruteknik) at the Department of Computer Science at Lund University - LTH, where I already in May 2009 joined the group for Robotics and Semantic Systems as postdoctoral researcher.

During fall term I am usually responsible for the course on Realtime systems (EDA698) at Lund University's campus in Helsingborg, and I am involved to a significant extent in the course Applied Artificial Intelligence (EDA132) during the spring term. Otherwise my teaching responsibilities include some involvement in our basic courses in Computer Science, e.g., Programmeringsteknik - fördjupningskurs (EDAA01) and the Computer Science project course (EDAN70). 

My research interests originate from my work with service robots during my PhD project, located somewhere between robotics and human-robot interaction, including both the design and implementation of system components for interactive robotic systems,  the design and realisation of user studies that aim to inform about the issues and challenges for the previously named systems, and the investigation of the (cognitive) models needed to link a user's understanding of her surroundings with a respective robotic representation.

Currently however, I am focusing more and more on the "other" side of robotics and HRI, investigating in how far results from HRI with service robots can be transferred to industrial robotic systems. Those investigations were started in the scope of the EU-funded project SMErobotics, that ran from January 2012 through June 2016 and are now carried out within the EU-funded project SARAFun.  

I am also involved in the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) as a co-supervisor for a PhD project ("Digital Cognitive Companion for Marine Vessels") in collaboration with SAAB Kockums, that aims at supporting the crew on (mainly) submarines in dealing with the immense diversity and amount of sensory data that are currently handled mor or less manually.

Before coming to Lund I received my doctoral degree in january 2009 based on my work at the Centre for Autonomous Systems at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. I defended my thesis on "Human-Robot Interaction and Mapping with a Service Robot: Human Augmented Mapping" in October 2008. Until spring 2008 I was working within the now concluded EU-project COGNIRON, where I investigated the integration of human and robotic spatial representations in the framework of Human Augmented Mapping (HAM).

 

 

Contact

 

e-mail: 

Elin_Anna.Topp(at)cs.lth.se

 

phone: 

046 - 222 4249

visiting address:

Ole Römers väg 3

(Google maps)

 

postal address: 

Box 118, 221 00 Lund

office: 

E:4128 (see below)