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Job: Project Manager for study of VR and older adults at Rendever/UCSB

Call for Applications

Project Manager at Rendever, Inc. based at the University of California, Santa Barbara
NIA-funded study of technology (VR) in older adults
With Professors Tamara Afifi and Nancy Collins

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled [posted July 26, 2021]

The Departments of Communication and Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are recruiting a Project Manager to collaborate with Professors Tamara Afifi and Nancy Collins on an NIA-funded study of technology in older adults.

The study examines how virtual reality (vs. a Zoom control group) increases quality of life, reduces caregiver burden, and fosters family bonds among older adults in senior living communities and a family member who lives at a distance. The project is an exciting partnership between UCSB and Rendever, an innovative virtual reality platform for older adults designed to increase social connection through the power of virtual reality and shared experiences.… read more. “Job: Project Manager for study of VR and older adults at Rendever/UCSB”

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Job: Assistant Professor in Gaming Studies, Human Augmentics and AI at UIC

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in
GAMING STUDIES, HUMAN AUGMENTICS AND AI
Department of Communication
University of Illinois at Chicago
https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=149814

Review of applications will commence September 15, 2021

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Gaming Studies, Human Augmentics and AI. The position focuses on gaming, game studies, mobile interfaces, wearable technology/smartwear and interfaces of the future. Emphasis is placed on technologies that are prevalent now and on the ability to work with AR/VR interfaces that may dominate future media ecology. Parallel/complementary areas of emphasis include the politics of AI, algorithmic bias, augmented and virtual systems of representation, human machine communication (HMC), human augmentics, and sentient technologies/robotics.

The candidate will have earned a doctorate in Communication or a related field, will demonstrate strong promise of scholarly achievement and teaching success (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) appropriate for appointment as Assistant Professor, will show good prospects for external research funding, and will demonstrate commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship.… read more. “Job: Assistant Professor in Gaming Studies, Human Augmentics and AI at UIC”

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Jobs: 2 Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor positions in HCI at University of Bath

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Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Human-Computer Interaction (2 posts)
The Department of Computer Science
University of Bath
Bath, England
https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=CC8423

Closing date: Sunday 15 August 2021

The Department of Computer Science is interested in recruiting two outstanding academic faculty with a growing international reputation for work in Human-Computer Interaction.

We are open to excellent candidates across the breadth of HCI, but applicants are encouraged with expertise that intersects with current strengths at Bath including interaction techniques, virtual reality, fabrication, health, exergaming, hardware and haptics. You will be join the HCI group within the Department of Computer Science, and your research interests might also intersect with the other groups in the Department: Visual Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Mathematical Foundations. What you will do as a faculty member:

Research – You’ll work with colleagues, students and researchers to develop and publish papers.… read more. “Jobs: 2 Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor positions in HCI at University of Bath”

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Job: Postdoc – AI in Human Communication and Decision-Making at Michigan State University

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Artificial Intelligence (Ai) In Human Communication and Decision-Making
Michigan State University
College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Applications are being accepted now and will continue until the position is filled.

POSITION:

Postdoctoral Research, starting Fall 2021.

SETTING:

Michigan State University (MSU), located in East Lansing, is the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution. This research team is housed within MSU’s world renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

PRIMARY ACTIVITIES:

You will be joining a research team that is developing and testing a theoretical framework for the use and practice of trustworthy and compassionate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in human communication and decision-making. We seek to publish in Human Computer Interaction journals and computer science conferences. There are also opportunities for applicants to lead projects and be a member of an interdisciplinary team with researchers in the communication and computer science.… read more. “Job: Postdoc – AI in Human Communication and Decision-Making at Michigan State University”

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Job: Research Associate (Postdoc or PhD) at TU Dresden Immersive Experience Lab

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Research Associate (Postdoc or PhD)
Technische Universität Dresden
Immersive Experience Lab
Language: English (German helpful, but not necessary)
Duration: 3 years, 100%
Salary: E 13 TV-L
https://tu-dresden.de/inf/im/about/jobs

Application deadline: 13th July 2021

The TU Dresden Immersive Experience Lab (IXLAB.io) conducts interdisciplinary research into the perceptual foundations, applications and creative possibilities of immersive media. Current projects include immersive psychotherapy, data visualisation and immersive architecture, embodied AI and a-life, immersive theatre and music and research in multisensory perception.

We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher or PhD candidate in the field of immersive media. The position is suitable both for postdocs or for those seeking to write a PhD.

Tasks: Collaborating with scientists, engineers and artists from various disciplines to develop immersive experiments, applications and artistic creations; leading development of a large multi-user mixed-reality platform; maintenance of technical facilities and infrastructure; publishing and present research results at international conferences and in academic journals, supervising student employees, teaching and supervising student research projects.… read more. “Job: Research Associate (Postdoc or PhD) at TU Dresden Immersive Experience Lab”

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Job: Research Assistant/Fellow in HCI at Birmingham City University

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Research Assistant/Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction (Permanent Contract)
School of Computing and Digital Technology
Birmingham City University (BCU)
Birmingham, England
https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CGA960/research-assistant-research-fellow-in-human-computer-interaction-hci

Closing Date: Wednesday 15th June 2021

Salary: Research Assistant (£30,831 – £33,512) / Research Fellow (£37,505 – £40,766)

Located in a modern £300M campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Computing and Digital Technology at Birmingham City University (BCU) is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching, and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments.

The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research team at BCU specialises in the fields of immersive technologies, AR, VR, accessibility, and assistive technology. To further accelerate our research growth around the field of HCI, we have a unique opportunity available to develop your career as a Research Assistant or Research Fellow on a permanent contract.… read more. “Job: Research Assistant/Fellow in HCI at Birmingham City University”

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Job: Research Fellow on Citizen-Centric AI Systems at University of Southampton

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Research Fellow (Citizen-Centric AI Systems)
Agents, Interactions & Complexity
University of Southampton, UK
Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797 – per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 36 months)
Reference:  1346021FP
https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=1346021FP

Closing Date:  Sunday 11 April 2021

You will work on an exciting new project on citizen-centric AI systems. This project is funded via a prestigious £1.4M UKRI Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship that supports world-leading AI research.

The vision of this project is to develop AI systems with people at their heart. These citizen-centric AI systems learn the preferences of individual users to provide personalised services and advice in important application areas such as smart transportation, energy and disaster response. To ensure trustworthiness, these systems safeguard privacy by learning and making decisions locally, for example on a user’s smart device.

You will design fundamental algorithms and models for learning the preferences of users, using techniques such as interactive preference elicitation and inverse reinforcement learning.… read more. “Job: Research Fellow on Citizen-Centric AI Systems at University of Southampton”

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Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Robotics at the University of Manitoba

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Post-doctoral Fellow in Social Robotics
The Human-Robot Interaction Lab at the University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada

Position open until filled

From Associate Professor James E. Young, Manitoba University
March 24, 2021

Hello! The Human-Robot Interaction Lab at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, has an open position for a post-doctoral fellow in social robotics. We are looking for an energetic and inventive person to work on designing feasible, real-world deployable social robots.

You will join our team and specifically work on two projects: designing domestic companion robots help support people living with loneliness, and collaborating with our local health network to design robots to support children living with disabilities and special needs.

The Human-Robot Interaction lab has a history of diverse projects and publications:
http://hci.cs.umanitoba.ca/projects-and-research?author=56
http://hci.cs.umanitoba.ca/publications?author=56
and is further part of a larger HCI group involving four HCI professors and a large number of students.… read more. “Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Robotics at the University of Manitoba”

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Job: Research Associate, “Using AI-Enhanced Social Robots to Improve Children’s Healthcare Experiences” at U. of Glasgow

Call for Applications

Research Associate
ESRC-funded international collaborative project “Using AI-Enhanced Social Robots to Improve Children’s Healthcare Experiences”
University of Glasgow – School of Computing Science
https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CDU192/research-associate

Contract Type:  Fixed-Term/Contract
Salary:  £35,845 to £40,322 per annum
Closes: 15th February 2021
Job Ref:  048427

The School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow is looking for an excellent and enthusiastic researcher to join the ESRC-funded international collaborative project “Using AI-Enhanced Social Robots to Improve Children’s Healthcare Experiences.” This is a new 3-year project which aims to investigate how a social robot can help children cope with potentially painful experiences in a healthcare setting. The system developed in the project will be tested through a hospital-based clinical trial at the end of the project.

In Glasgow, we are looking for a researcher with expertise in applying deep neural network models to the automated analysis of multimodal human behaviour, ideally along with experience integrating such systems into an end-to-end interactive system.… read more. “Job: Research Associate, “Using AI-Enhanced Social Robots to Improve Children’s Healthcare Experiences” at U. of Glasgow”

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Job: Senior Research Assistant in IoT, Design and Creative Technology, Northumbria University, UK

Call for Applications

Senior Research Assistant
IoT, Design and Creative Technology
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Northumbria University
Newcastle, UK
Full-time 18-month position from April 2021
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/job-vacancies/academic-3321-senior-research-assistant-in-design-and-creative-technology

Application deadline: February 12, 2021

Northumbria University seeks to recruit a Senior Research Assistant with expertise in participatory design and creative technologies as part of the PETRAS-funded Reappearing Computer project (REAPPEAR). As the vision of a “disappearing computer” has become a reality, technologies have been designed to obscure the way they work-such as the data they collect, or the remote servers they rely on-making it hard for end users to understand and make decisions about IoTs privacy and security. REAPPPEAR will develop and demonstrate new metaphors and design patterns for physical products that cause the hidden workings of connected objects to “reappear”. Co-designing with the public and industry (including project partners Mozilla, Simply Secure and ThingsCon), the project will offer a new shared vision for more trusted IoT.… read more. “Job: Senior Research Assistant in IoT, Design and Creative Technology, Northumbria University, UK”

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