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Job: Lab Associate (Intern) in Embodied Conversational Agents at Disney Research Los Angeles

Lab Associate (Intern) ECA – Disney Research Los Angeles

Online application: https://www.disneyresearch.com/job_posting/lab-associate-intern-eca-disney-research-los-angeles/

Disney Research conducts scientific technology research for The Walt Disney Company. Our main focus areas are Visual Computing, Robotics, Machine Learning and AI. We work on scientific applications within the Disney entertainment segments that are experienced daily by millions of people around the world.

Research areas of interest: We are broadly interested in Embodied Conversational Agents (ECA’s). This spans many interdisciplinary research areas including but not limited to: Read more on Job: Lab Associate (Intern) in Embodied Conversational Agents at Disney Research Los Angeles…

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Job: Faculty position in Interaction Devices at University of Glasgow

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in Interaction Devices
University of Glasgow – School of Computing Science
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BHC976/lecturer-senior-lecturer-reader-in-interaction-devices/
Job Ref: 019891

Closes: 28th February 2018

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8/9, £34,520 – £38,833 / £42,418 – £49,149 / £50,618 – £56,950 per annum.

JOB PURPOSE

To pursue a world-class research programme in Computing Science within the topics of the Glasgow Interactive Systems (GIST) Section; to teach related topics in Computing Science at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels; to carry out allocated administrative tasks.

The research topics covered by GIST include:

  • human-computer interaction;
  • social robotics;
  • visualisation;
  • ubiquitous computing.

The School seeks applications from outstanding candidates to develop and lead research of international standard in these or related topics.

Further information can be found at: http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/computing/worldchangerswelcome.

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Jobs: User Experience and Interaction Designer positions at Naver Labs Europe

User Experience and Interaction Designer positions
Naver Labs Europe

http://www.europe.naverlabs.com/

The mission of NAVER LABS Europe is to advance the state-of-the-art in Ambient Intelligence technology including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, 3D mapping, augmented reality and robotics while paving the way for these innovations into NAVER products and services. To achieve that NLE is expanding its current team of ethnographers to strengthen its user centred focus. To this aim we are looking for UX researchers and interaction designers to support project teams in a variety of domains, including (but not limited to) Augmented Reality and Assisted Mobility to envision how people will get an enhanced experience through it and bring that vision to life. As such you will need to both conduct primary research and turn the findings into concepts, translating them down when appropriate to the mock-up and prototype phase.

The role will involve the following responsibilities:

  • Defining a UX vision for the service line in collaboration with AI, ethnographic, user and business development experts, involving local and remote stakeholders at the Korean sister lab as appropriate.
  • Work with Product managers, Engineers and other UX researchers to prioritize research opportunities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Collaborating to the execution of the prioritized projects, from turning the selected concepts into user flows and wireframes to building user interface mockups and prototypes.

The successful candidate should demonstrate:

  • Proven UX skills (user research, vision, concept and UI design).
  • Proven interdisciplinary skills, preferably demonstrated through their interaction with stakeholders from multiple backgrounds (AI, user and business development experts, agile software development) in an international environment. Previous experience with Korean culture would be a plus.

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Job: Postdoc on “Enactive biofeedback, VR/360 storytelling and sound” at Tallinn University

From: Pia Tikka <pia.tikka@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 9:49 AM
Subject: Last call: EU Mobilitas postdoc research on Enactive biofeedback, VR/ 360° storytelling and sound, Tallinn University

Last moments to apply for 2018 EU Mobilitas Pluss postdoc position in the Enactive Virtuality research team at Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM) & Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture (MEDIT), Tallinn University.

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Job: Assistant/Associate Professorship in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara

Assistant/Associate Professorship in Media Arts and Technology Interdisciplinary Engineering, the Sciences and the Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara

Job #JPF01126

  • College of Letters & Science – Humanities and Fine Arts – Media Arts and Technology Program
  • College of Engineering – Media Arts and Technology Program

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01126

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open date: October 31st, 2017

Next review date: January 10th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: February 1st, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

DESCRIPTION

The Media Arts & Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara invites applications for a Broad Search position (Assistant or Associate Professor level) in Media Arts & Technology. The position will be available July 1, 2018.

The department seeks exceptional candidates who will establish a vigorous research and teaching program at the intersections of engineering, the sciences and the arts.

The candidate is expected to have a proven record of engagement in fields such as, but not limited to: distributed or autonomous systems, robotics, high-dimensional data, cybernetics, aerospace, large scale sensing, bioengineering, applied machine learning, embedded computing, media systems, biomimetics, and immersive, interactive, distributed or networked systems.

The successful candidate will be expected to actively engage in interdisciplinary research, creative work and teaching in engineering, the sciences and the arts.

Media Arts and Technology (MAT) is a trans-disciplinary graduate program situated in both the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science (Division of Humanities and Fine Arts). MAT offers Master’s and PhD degrees and has approximately 41 graduate students and 9 faculty members, several with joint appointments in engineering and the arts. Areas of expertise include human-computer interaction, haptics, electronic music and sound design, computational visual and spatial arts, performance, multimedia signal processing, and responsive, interactive and autonomous systems. Offices and labs are housed in the California NanoSystems Institute building at UCSB, which includes a unique research facility called the Allosphere, a three-story spherical immersive environment and several other labs. Additional information about MAT is found at http://www.mat.ucsb.edu. Read more on Job: Assistant/Associate Professorship in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara…

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Job: Research Fellow in Robotics and Machine Learning at University of Leeds

Research Fellow in Robotics and Machine Learning
University of Leeds, UK

Closing Date: Sunday 04 February 2018

Are you interested in making robots more able to perform complex manipulations, particularly in cluttered environments? Would you like to work on an EPSRC funded project in their Human-Like Computing initiative? Do you have the knowledge and experience to take data from humans performing manipulations of objects in virtual environments and apply machine learning methods to extract rules which embody the strategies humans use to reach their goals? Would you like the challenge of then implementing these rules on a robot to test their efficacy?

You will work on a feasibility study entitled “Humanlike physics understanding for autonomous robots” to investigate whether data garnered from how humans manipulate objects in cluttered environments can be used to improve robots’ abilities to do the same. State-of-the-art robot motion/manipulation planners use low-level probabilistic methods often based on random sampling. There are two drawbacks to this approach: (1) it restricts robots to plan their motion at the bottom-most geometric level and, without any top-down guidance, resulting in the limited object manipulation ability displayed by today’s intelligent robots; (2) this approach produces randomized motion that is not legible to humans, which limits robots’ collaboration capabilities with humans. Through incorporating human-like decision making in robot planning, we aim to overcome these limitations and produce a fundamental step-change in the sophistication of these robots. Read more on Job: Research Fellow in Robotics and Machine Learning at University of Leeds…

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Job: Postdoc in Conversational AI/ML/NLP at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Postdoctoral Position in Conversational AI/ML/NLP, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

SHORT SUMMARY:
Postdoctoral Research Associate in advanced machine learning approaches for spoken dialogue systems/ conversational AI/ NLP at the Interaction Lab, Edinburgh (http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab).

CLOSING DATE: 4th January 2018

APPLY HERE: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/jobs/job_SVJDMTI0MDg.htm

JOB DETAILS:
Applications are sought for a Research Associate post in the Interaction Lab in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences.  The Research Assistant will work on the EPSRC project “MaDrIgAL – Multi-Dimensional Interaction Management and Adaptive Learning” (EP/N017536/1) to investigate, develop, and evaluate advanced machine learning approaches for spoken dialogue systems. In particular, we seek a candidate with experience in machine learning approaches to NLP/ Conversational AI/ dialogue systems, and closely related fields.

LOCATION:
The post will be located in the Interaction Lab at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK. The successful candidate will join and collaborate with a group of 7 faculty members, 6 postdoctoral researchers and >10 PhD students. Our team is currently competing in the Amazon Alexa Finals (https://developer.amazon.com/alexaprize) and is one of the biggest dialogue groups in the world. Our postdoctoral alumni have an excellent track record: 2 joint as a faculty, while others took up faculty positions elsewhere, joint prestigious research labs at industry (Microsoft, Baidu), or set up their own start-up companies.

The City of Edinburgh has been ranked second in a global quality of life survey (http://bit.ly/2pIhh37).

DATES: The post is available from February 2018 until May 2019 in the first instance, with opportunities for extension. Read more on Job: Postdoc in Conversational AI/ML/NLP at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh…

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Job: Research Scientist / Assistant Professor in Affective Computing at USC-ICT

Now Hiring: Research Scientist / Assistant Professor in Affective Computing at USC-ICT

The University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (USC-ICT) has an immediate opening for outstanding recent PhD or Postdoc with expertise in nonverbal behavior understanding and analyses, machine learning (with a focus on deep learning) and multimodal social signal processing. Candidates are expected to have outstanding academic credentials with an earned doctorate in computer science or a closely related field; a solid record of research; and excellent communication and team skills.

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Jobs: Fully funded PhD studentships at Centre for Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI)

12 fully-funded PhD studentships to start September 2018
Covers fees at Home/EU rate and a stipend for four years
http://iggi.org.uk/apply

Application deadline: 31st January 2018

IGGI is an exciting opportunity for you to undertake a four-year PhD in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence, working with top games companies and world-leading academics in games research. We currently have 46 students conducting interdisciplinary research in areas such as:

  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) to create interesting, fun, believable game agents,
  • AI-assisted game design and testing,
  • procedural content generation,
  • emotion and immersion in games,
  • interaction design for games,
  • Machine Learning (ML) to understand player psychology,
  • using games for learning and wellbeing,
  • game audio, graphics and animation,
  • game design, citizen science and gamification.

IGGI is a collaboration between the University of York, the University of London (Goldsmiths and Queen Mary) and the University of Essex. The programme trains PhD researchers who will become the next generation of leaders in research, design, development and entrepreneurship in digital games.

We have 12 studentships available for 2018/19 entry, which will fund full fees (at a Home/ EU rate) plus a tax-free living stipend, for a 4-year PhD programme. Could you join our large and growing group of games researchers in the world’s largest games research programme? Read more on Jobs: Fully funded PhD studentships at Centre for Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI)…

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Job: Assistant Professor in Interaction and Gaming Design, Texas A&M University

Assistant Professor in Interaction and Gaming Design
Department of Visualization, College of Architecture
Texas A&M University

http://viz.arch.tamu.edu/media/cms_page_media/4480/Interaction-Gaming-Design-Position-TAMU.pdf

Review of application begins January 15, 2018

The Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of interactive visualization with an emphasis on games for education, entertainment and/or simulation. Candidates must demonstrate experience in crossdisciplinary, collaborative work. Game production experience is desirable. Responsibilities include pursuing innovative and creative research agendas, teaching and advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the department, university, and the field, including outreach to develop departmental-industry connections. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in game design and development, interactive graphics, and other courses as ability and program needs determine. A terminal degree (i.e., PhD, MFA) is strongly preferred. Associate-level applicants with an established record of scholarship in areas of game design and interaction will also be considered. Expected start date is August 15, 2018. The Department of Visualization seeks to advance the art, science, and technology of visualization. Academic programs include the B.S, M.S. and MFA in Visualization, with approximately 400 students, and a proposal to add a Ph.D. program in Visualization is currently in the review process. Our 46 faculty and staff members are committed to the development and implementation of emerging methods for enhancing understanding and gaining insight through visual means in teaching, research, and creative works including the historical roots, ethical implications, and future directions of the field. The reputation of our graduates as skilled creative visual problem solvers has led to strong ties to the animation, visual effects, and game industries. Faculty members are recognized for their scholarly contributions ranging from art installations to fundamental research in computer visualization, computational modeling, and psychophysiology. Our academic programs, faculty research, and creative works are supported by the resources of the Visualization Laboratory.

Further information about the department is available at http://www.viz.tamu.edu/. Read more on Job: Assistant Professor in Interaction and Gaming Design, Texas A&M University…

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