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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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Jobs: Positions on multimodal mental imagery grant project at University of Antwerp

Call for Applications – Postdoctoral, PhD, and administrative positions

Seeing Things You Don’t See:
Unifying the Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience of Multimodal Mental Imagery
Principal Investigator: Bence Nanay
Project funded by the European Research Council’s ERC Consolidator Grant 726251

http://uahost.uantwerpen.be/bence.nanay/ERC.htm

Deadlines: December 15, 2017 and April 9, 2017

The European Research Council awarded 1,967,192 Euros worth of ERC Consolidator Grant for five years (2017-2022) to support Bence Nanay’s research grant Seeing Things You Don’t See.

As part of this grant, four postdoctoral and two PhD positions will be advertised from 2017 on – see the first call for applications below. There will also be various workshops and conferences on the theme of the project.

The theme of the project is multimodal mental imagery. Here is a short description:

When I am looking at my coffee machine that makes funny noises, this is an instance of multisensory perception – I perceive this event by means of both vision and audition. But very often we only receive sensory stimulation from a multisensory event by means of one sense modality. If I hear the noisy coffee machine in the next room (without seeing it), then how do I represent the visual aspects of this multisensory event?

The aim of this research project is to bring together empirical findings about multimodal perception and empirical findings about (visual, auditory, tactile) mental imagery and argue that on occasions like the one described in the last paragraph, we have multimodal mental imagery: perceptual processing in one sense modality (here: vision) that is triggered by sensory stimulation in another sense modality (here: audition).

Multimodal mental imagery is rife. The vast majority of what we perceive are multisensory events: events that can be perceived in more than one sense modality – like the noisy coffee machine. And most of the time we are only acquainted with these multisensory events via a subset of the sense modalities involved – all the other aspects of these events are represented by means of multisensory mental imagery. This means that multisensory mental imagery is a crucial element of almost all instances of everyday perception, which has wider implications to philosophy of perception and beyond, to epistemological questions about whether we can trust our senses.

Focusing on multimodal mental imagery can help us to understand a number of puzzling perceptual phenomena, like sensory substitution and synaesthesia. Further, manipulating mental imagery has recently become an important clinical procedure in various branches of psychiatry as well as in counteracting implicit bias – using multimodal mental imagery rather than voluntarily and consciously conjured up mental imagery can lead to real progress in these experimental paradigms. Read more on Jobs: Positions on multimodal mental imagery grant project at University of Antwerp…

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Job: Data Scientist – Social VR at Oculus (Facebook)

Careers at Oculus
Part of Facebook

Data Scientist – Social VR
(Menlo Park, CA)

https://www.facebook.com/careers/jobs/a0I1H00000K6obRUAR

At Facebook, our mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we’re building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. On the Social VR team, we are researching and discovering new ways to build communities with technology of the future. We need someone who is curious and data driven to help us unlock and understand opportunities for building communities with VR- we’re just getting started. As a Data Scientist – Social VR, you will be responsible for using analytics to drive the understanding, growth and success of a suite of social VR products such as Facebook Spaces. You’ll help us leverage collaboration within cross functional teams across Facebook and Oculus. You’ll uncover success stories of how people are using VR. You’ll identify areas of opportunity. If you have a background in a quantitative or technical field, experience working with data, and experience in data-driven decision making, then you are perfect for this job. Read more on Job: Data Scientist – Social VR at Oculus (Facebook)…

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Jobs: Tenured/Tenure-track positions in presence-related areas at University of Texas at San Antonio

Two Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

Deadline: Applications received by January 2, 2018 will be given full consideration.

The Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications for two tenured/tenure-track positions, starting in Fall 2018.

TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT OR TENURED/TENURE-TRACK ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR position in Game-related areas. The focus is on Computer Graphics, especially 3D animation, 3D modeling, and real-time rendering; and/or Human Computer Interaction, especially human computer interfaces, virtual reality, augmented reality, and game analytics. For this position, applications must be submitted through a web portal at http://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/7466

TENURED/TENURE-TRACK ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR position in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, focusing on cyber security, Internet of things, bioinformatics, natural language processing, speech recognition, language understanding, computer vision, or machine learning. This position is part of UTSA’s focused cluster hiring plan under the Gold Star Initiative to recruit top-tier researchers over a four-year period. For this position, applications must be submitted through a web portal at http://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/7467 Read more on Jobs: Tenured/Tenure-track positions in presence-related areas at University of Texas at San Antonio…

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Job: Multiple faculty positions with VR focus at University of Florida

Please consider applying or recommending your strong senior Ph.D. students to apply. I’m happy to answer any questions about the position as we are making VR a focus here at UF. Please also pass along to anyone you think might this of interest.

Best,

Ben

Benjamin Lok <lok@cise.ufl.edu>

Multiple nine-month academic, tenure-track positions at all ranks
University of Florida (in Gainesville)
Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE)

http://cra.org/job/university-of-florida-assistant-professor-associate-professor-or-full-professor/

Expires on: December 9, 2017

The Department of Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE) in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) at the University of Florida invites applications for multiple nine-month academic, tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor with interests in research and teaching in all areas of computer and information science and engineering; areas of particular interest include Cybersercuity, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning.

The Department of CISE in the HWCOE at the University of Florida is a vibrant, multidisciplinary highly-collaborative environment, consistently ranked among the top departments for both graduate and undergraduate programs. Research is central to the success of the program; and new faculty will be expected to initiate and sustain strong sponsored research and graduate training programs.

The successful candidate is expected to have a doctoral degree in computer and information science and engineering or a related field (required at the time of hiring). In addition, the candidate should have a record of successful proposal writing, mentoring, and classroom teaching of undergraduate and graduate students. Read more on Job: Multiple faculty positions with VR focus at University of Florida…

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Job: Lecturer/Assistant Professor in HCI at University of Leicester

Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Leicester, UK

Department: Informatics
Job Type: Research and Teaching
Specific Location: Computer Science
Contract Type: Full Time, Permanent contract (Salary Grade 8 – £38,833 to £47,722 per annum)
Ref:  SEN00780-2

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