Interested in our research? (updated: April 2024)

Undergraduate: motivated students can be considered to join our team based on mutual interests and the availability of funding and projects:

Graduate and postgraduate: we do not currently have explicit openings. At this stage, only students with a scholarship/prospective scholarship and a strong background and alignment with the lab may be considered.

  • MASc and PhD [currently NOT considering international MASc]: please contact me directly. If you are a domestic (PR, Canadian citizen) applicant, if eligible, please apply to scholarships such as OGS and NSERC CGS. If you are an international applicant, your application will be subject to available funding. Please specify in your email subject whether you are a domestic or international candidate and the program you are applying for [AIRLab Domestic/International MASc/PhD candidate].
  • Postdoc: [Position open until May 17] We are currently looking for a Postdoc to work in the context of an international collaboration project between academia and industry (a total of 5 partners) on physical human-robot interaction with applications in a caregiving setting. Successful candidates will work together with the partners and graduate students at AIRLab to conduct pHRI studies to improve the control and the interaction itself of physical interaction between collaborative robots and end-users by estimating the state of the human which can be represented by both their mental and physical states. The robot will be semi-autonomous and can be remotely operated by a caregiver.
    • Starting date and duration: Summer/Fall 2024 (negotiable), 1 year with the possibility of renewal for an additional year contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.
    • Location of the position: University of Waterloo, ON, Canada.
    • Qualifications requirements: a completed PhD degree in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields by the starting date.
    • Desired expertise: collaborative robot control (especially with 7DoF arms such as Kinova, Franka Emika, etc), machine learning (e.g. deep learning, reinforcement learning) applied to robot control and/or estimation of human state from sensor data and/or other aspects related to robotics, human-robot interaction user studies. Experiences with the teleoperation of robots and bimanual manipulation are nice to have but not required.

    • Application procedure: please fill in the online form and upload the necessary documents within the form. Application form.
    • Application deadline: May 17, 2024 or until filled. Applications will be screened as they come, so if a matching candidate is found prior to this date, the position may close earlier.
    • Evaluation procedure: applications will be reviewed as they roll in. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Please allow at least one month time before inquiring about the status of your application.
    • Additional information about becoming a Postdoc at Waterloo: https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies-postdoctoral-affairs/welcome-postdoctoral-affairs


Candidates who wish to join the lab to perform a research project (undergraduate or graduate level) with at least two of the following expertise are preferred:

  • Knowledge of Linux based systems (especially Ubuntu)
  • Knowledge of Robotic Operating System (ROS/ROS 2)
  • Programming skills (Python/C++ are preferred)
  • Knowledge of version control (git: GitHub, Gitlab)
  • Basic knowledge of robotics (kinematic and dynamic modeling, control)

Contact Prof. Yue Hu if you are interested in any of the projects listed on this website or doing research in topics including (but not limited to): human-robot interaction, optimal control applied to robotics, collaborative robotics, humanoid robotics, and human motion analysis.