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Job: Postdoc or Research engineer in Human-Agent Multimodal Interaction at Normandy University

Postdoc or Research engineer position in Human-Agent Multimodal Interaction

Laboratory: LITIS (Laboratory of Computer Science, Information Processing and Systems), INSA Rouen, Normandy University, France

Application deadline: August 31, 2018 23:00 – Europe/Brussels


Communicating freely and naturally with a virtual character or a robot is one of the great challenges in human-machine interaction. In particular, the modelling of multi-modal and affective dialogic interactions is a multi-disciplinary scientific issue. This modelling is most often based on a corpus of multi-modal dialogues, whose analysis aims at identifying a set of recurrent behaviours (i.e. to provide a model).

The objective of the DAISI project, to which this recruitment is dedicated, is to learn and exploit multi-modal interaction models based on a set of dialogic patterns. These models are intended to be exploited within virtual characters or robots interacting with users on various application tasks (interactive narration, virtual or augmented environments for human learning, robotic interaction, etc.).

In this context, we are looking for a research engineer or a postdoc to join the project, on which are currently working 5 professors, a postdoc and 2 PhD students. The recruited person will join the LITIS MIND team.

Candidate Profile: Research Engineer or Postdoc in Human-Agent Multimodal Interaction

  • Human-Machine Interaction, virtual reality (Unity 3D, Unreal Engine) and / or robots, 3D animation skills or statistical learning would be a plus
  • For engineer candidates: good knowledge of object programming languages, developments on Windows and Linux

Assigned tasks:

  • Design, deployment and validation of components for Human-Agent interaction (eye tracking, recognition of facial expressions, emotions, joint attention, speaking skills, etc.) according to the skills of the recruited candidate
  • Organization and analysis of user experiments
  • Maintenance and development of the Agentslang platform dedicated to the deployment of conversational agents (
  • Participation to the writing of scientific articles

Duration and remuneration: 14 months starting from 01/09/2018, approximately 2250 euros net. Read more on Job: Postdoc or Research engineer in Human-Agent Multimodal Interaction at Normandy University…

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Job: Faculty position in Applied Immersive Game Design at University of Canterbury

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor
Applied Immersive Game Design

University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

Job ID: 6049
Location: College of Engineering
Full/Part Time: Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)
Regular/Temporary: Regular

The closing date for this position is: 29 June 2018 (NZ time)

Applications are invited for a continuing academic position in the area of Applied Immersive Game Design, one of four new academic positions in the new, rapidly growing School of Product Design in the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. The School offers a new, exciting degree programme, the Bachelor of Product Design, with majors offered in each of the three areas below:

  • Industrial Product Design
  • Applied Immersive Game Design
  • Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation

The appointee will be involved in developing new courses and supervising game design students in areas, including virtual, mixed and augmented reality applications, ranging from entertainment to education, behaviour modification, industrial training, health and rehabilitation. The appointee will likely have a first degree in Game Design, Computer Science, Software Engineering or related areas and experience in teaching and research or creative practice. An understanding of and the ability to work in a way that is biculturally competent and knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori will be an advantage. Appointment at Lecturer level will require at least a Master’s degree and above Lecturer a PhD in a relevant area.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing School early in its development and to help shape the future of this new area of teaching, practice and research. Read more on Job: Faculty position in Applied Immersive Game Design at University of Canterbury…

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Job: Microsoft Design Researcher (Games and Entertainment)

Design Researcher 2 at Microsoft
Redmond, Washington, United States

Job number: 447298
Date posted: June 6, 2018
Travel: 0-25 %
Job category: Engineering
Role type: Individual Contributor
Employment type: Full-Time

To put it simply, we are all about fun! And at Team Xbox, we care deeply about facilitating fun for everyone.

Are you curious about games and technology? We are seeking a researcher with a passion & skill for generating consumer insights to help drive the development of world-class entertainment games and experiences. You will be joining a unique team at Microsoft known for pioneering and institutionalizing the adaptation of psychological research methods to games and the entertainment industry. Read more on Job: Microsoft Design Researcher (Games and Entertainment)…

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Job: Postdoc Researcher in Human-Media Interaction at Radboud University

Postdoctoral Researcher in Human-Media Interaction (0.5 FTE)

Faculty of Social Sciences
Radboud University
The Netherlands
Vacancy number: 24.26.18

Application deadline: 1 July 2018


The Communication and Media research programme of the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to strengthen the group’s research on the intersection of Communication Science and Artificial Intelligence. The emphasis will be on the interaction between individuals and intelligent media technologies. Recent technological developments provide unprecedented opportunities for the development and evaluation of intelligent media technologies that positively influence human behaviour and well-being. Examples of such systems include intelligent agents, serious games, virtual reality applications and/or social robots. We are seeking candidates who are able to contribute to research on the interaction between humans and such intelligent media technologies from two perspectives: (1) from an Artificial Intelligence perspective, developing AI algorithms that can be used to create innovative technologies that make people happy, healthy and well-informed, and (2) from a Communication Science perspective, studying the effects of such intelligent media technologies on human behaviour.

You will be expected to:

  • perform top-quality research on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Communication Science, with an emphasis on Human-Media Interaction;
  • help establish and execute an externally funded research programme;
  • interact and collaborate with other researchers and specialists in academia and/or industry;
  • be an inspiring member of our staff with excellent communication skills.

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Job: Postdoc Researcher in Multi-User Natural Interaction at Luxembourg Inst of Sci and Tech

Post-Doctoral Researcher in the field of Multi-User Natural Interaction (M/F)
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Reference: Itis-2018-007
Fixed term contract, 24 months
Place: Belval

Application deadline: June 15th, 2018


The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is appointing a Junior R&T Associate for the RDI Unit “Human Dynamics in Cognitive Environments (HDCE)”, which is part of the “IT for Innovative Services” (ITIS) Department.

The HDCE unit is a multidisciplinary team performing applied research in the Human-Centric computing field, at the interplay between computer and human science. It studies Cyber-Physical Social Systems and develops Ambient Intelligence technologies that leverage connected physical spaces and objects that citizens and workers use to enhance their individual and collective experience or performance.

The successful candidate will join the Multi-User Natural Interaction (INTERACT) research group, which focusses on human-computer and human-to-human interaction in collaborative scenarios. (S)he will be working on the multidisciplinary FNR CORE 2017 project ORBIT (OveRcoming Breakdowns in Teams on Interactive Tabletops) funded by the Luxembourgish National Research Fund, located at the interplay between technology and social sciences. The main objective of ORBIT is to research and implement technology prototypes for a joint problem solving (JPS) activity using an interactive tabletop. The aim is that participants interacting with the table will have the opportunity to develop collaboration methods by jointly overcoming artificially introduced breakdowns. The JPS activity and its technical solution will be designed iteratively and put into practice during workshops in two different contexts: teacher education and professional training of municipal workers.


LIST is looking for a highly motivated researcher that holds a PhD degree in computer science to perform a key role in the ORBIT project. She/he will closely collaborate with the project team to iteratively design, implement, and evaluate the JPS activity for the interactive tangible and touch tabletop. Together with the team members, she/he will develop technology prototypes, co-organise user studies, analyse the collected data, and disseminate the project results as part of peer-reviewed conference and journal publications.

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Job: Internship in Augmented Reality for Environmental Applications at Luxembourg Inst of Sci and Tech (LIST)


Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Duration: 6 months during Spring/Summer 2018
Place: Belvaux, Luxembourg


The “Environmental Research and Innovation” (ERIN) department of LIST has an opening for an Intern position. The intern will be integrated in the e-Science unit, which focuses on data analytics & visualization and their applications.


Climate change is foreseen to cause an increasing number of extreme events. In addition, the population is nowadays very sensitive to various types of pollution due to human activities. Managing environmental disasters such as flooding, biological or chemical damage is a complex task which requires a sound level of situational awareness. This internship project will focus on using augmented reality technologies to assist those managing an environmental disaster, with a particular emphasis on information visualisation in a multi-user setting.

The intern will focus on developing new augmented reality interfaces for a chosen scenario which will leverage an existing platform developed at LIST. The project will involve software and hardware engineering challenges, alongside more research oriented topics such as visualisation and situational awareness.

The e-Science unit has a number of Horizon 2020 projects with partners from across Europe working on related topics. Therefore the intern will have the opportunity to work alongside international partners from these projects.

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Job: Research Associate on Digital Narratives (DiNar) project, University of York

Research Associate Position
Digital Narratives (DiNar) project
Digital Creativity Labs, University of York, UK
Vacancy reference: 6590

Closing date: 01 May 2018
Interview date: 11 May 2018

Find out more and apply:

We seek an outstanding interdisciplinary researcher for a six month fixed term position as a Research Associate on the Within the Walls of York Gaol project. Within the Walls of York Gaol is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional project set up to research the application of Virtual Reality technology within a museums context. The project is situated in York’s Digital Creativity (DC) Labs (, an impact-driven research centre that explores and develops new forms of digital creativity and interactive media experience. The post is funded by the AHRC Next Generation of Immersive Experiences funding scheme and will be part of a collaborative project between the University of York, University of Glasgow and York Museums Trust.

The Within the Walls of York Gaol project investigates the use of Virtual Reality to deliver enhanced experiences of museums and heritage environments to audiences. The focus of the project will be on the re-interpretation of York Castle Museum Debtor’s Prison using immersive technologies. The successful candidate will play a central role in the development and evaluation of experimental immersive installations and will work closely with staff from all of the collaborating institutions. Read more on Job: Research Associate on Digital Narratives (DiNar) project, University of York…

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Job: Lecturer in Computer Games in Department of Computing at Macquarie University, Australia

The Computing Department at Macquarie University is looking to hire a new person to grow our Game Design and Development program. I’m the Program Director and I’m happy to answer any questions. Full details are available at:

–Malcolm Ryan (malcolm.ryan@MQ.EDU.AU)

Lecturer in Computer Games
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia
Faculty/Office: Department of Computing, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Applications Close: Saturday, 19 May 2018


The Department of Computing is the home of more than 30 academic staff and more than 70 research students, and an ever-growing cohort of undergraduates and postgraduate coursework students. The department offers a broad range of cutting edge undergraduate and postgraduate courses and enjoys a strong research ethos.

We are inviting top applicants for a continuing position at the Lecturer level.  The position will be based in the Department of Computing, Faculty of Science and Engineering.  The appointee will contribute to the research and teaching in the broad areas of videogames and interactivity. The successful candidate will actively contribute to research within the scope of the Games and Interactivity Group in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University. Teaching responsibilities of the position will be particularly focussed on our Bachelor of Information Technology – Games Design and Development, including in units in both game design and technical programming/software engineering. The appointee will also contribute to administrative and other academic activities within the Department of Computing.

We are particularly seeking applicants with strong track records in one or more of the following areas:

  • Game Analytics
  • Game Design
  • Computer Games Technology
  • Computer Graphics
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games
  • User Experience in VR, AR and/or Videogames

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Job: PhD Position on “Design Fictions In VR” project at KU Leuven, Belgium

PhD Position: Design Fictions In Virtual Reality
KU Leuven, Belgium
(ref. BAP-2018-64)

Deadline: 1 April, 2018

The Artificial Realities and Interactive Ambients (ARIA – team is a new initiative within the Human-Computer Interaction research group at the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven. Our goal is to start a new Virtual Reality research team in the heart of Europe. We are looking for a new PhD student.

Apply at:


In the past decades, HCI researchers have been frequently inspired by portrayals of fictional technologies in media or literature to drive their design processes. Video-conferencing and multi-touch technologies first appeared in science-fiction media such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Trek, before becoming mainstream products. HCI has also been instrumental in finding real usability issues connected to technologies portrayed in science-fiction, such as the “Gorilla-Arm” effect of the gestural interaction paradigm shown in Minority Report. This project will explore the evaluation of the technologies of tomorrow, today, through the enactment of design fictions (speculative assessments of hypothetical products or scenarios) in Virtual Reality. The candidate will contribute in exploring this direction through the development of interactive VR systems, and the validation of evaluation methodologies and research through design practices in the context of Virtual Reality.


Candidates should have a background in Computer Science or related fields, with a strong interest in Virtual Reality, Human-Computer Interaction, and/or design research. You will have demonstrable experience of programming 3D interactive systems and hardware prototyping. Knowledge of the main 3D Engines (e.g. Unity and Unreal) and hardware frameworks (e.g. Arduino) is preferable. Experience with 3D modelling will be an advantage but is not required. You will also have an excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English. Read more on Job: PhD Position on “Design Fictions In VR” project at KU Leuven, Belgium…

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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:

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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