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Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate on Multi-Agent Social Simulation project at University of Glasgow

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Multi-Agent Social Simulation Project
Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology (INP)
University of Glasgow

We are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral Research Associate to contribute to the project: Multi-Agent Social Simulation.

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Jobs: 4 postdoc positions in WEAVR R&D project at University of York

Vacancies: WEAVR recruiting four new post docs for esports research

Role: 4 PDRA roles (see details and specific adverts below)
Institution: University of York (United Kingdom)
Closing date: 31/01/2019
Contract status: 2 years (fixed term)
Salary: £32,236 – £39,609

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Job: Postdoc in Socially Adaptive Behaviour Support Agents at TU Delft

Postdoc position in Socially Adaptive Behaviour Support Agents
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Level: Doctorate (PhD)
Working hours: 32-40 hours weekly
Contract: until 31-12-2022
Salary: 3303 – 4166 euros monthly (full-time basis)

This vacancy is available until the position is filled, the new deadline for applications is January 6, 2019.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This position is part of the programme “Pride & Prejudice – Tackling chronic disease prevention through real-life monitoring and context-aware intervention design”, which is financially supported by the 4TU federation (see https://www.4tu.nl/en/news/!/84378/awarding_hightech/).

Central to the Pride & Prejudice programme is the combination of monitoring in real-life through sensors (food intake, physical activity and health parameters) with the development of design interventions at different levels of the system (person, group, society), and evaluation of the (long-term) effectiveness of these combined interventions.

This position focuses on the development of a behaviour support agent that helps people to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle (e.g., eating habits and physical activities). Specifically, we investigate how we can design a conversational agent that takes into account the norms and values of both the supported person and their social environment (such as nuclear families and caregivers). For this, the agent should be able to engage into a conversation with various stakeholders to elicit their norms and values, be able to reason about them, and seek or coach towards solutions in case of a conflict. We will empirically investigate through user studies whether norm- and value-tailoring makes the lifestyle interventions more effective.

As a postdoc your tasks concern the following activities:

  • perform scientific research
  • develop research prototypes using a situated cognitive engineering approach (iterative development cycles, empirical evaluation of prototypes with its users, scenario- and claim-based analysis, and focus group reviews)
  • present results in scientific conferences
  • publish in renowned scientific journals
  • participate in activities of the research group and project team
  • limited participation in teaching activities of the research group

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Jobs: 2 Doc/PostDoc positions in Social Robotics at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

PhD candidates or PostDocs

Department of Society, Technology, and Human Factors
and
Human Technology Center (HumTec)
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany

Application deadline: January 31, 2019

The group “Individual and Technology” at RWTH Aachen University, Germany (Prof. Dr. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten; http://itec.rwth-aachen.de/) is looking for two highly motivated research assistants/associates (PhD candidates or PostDocs). The group Individual and Technology is part of the Department of Society, technology, and Human Factors and affiliated with the Human Technology Center (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University (http://www.humtec.rwth-aachen.de). Our research and teaching focuses on media psychology, human-technology interaction, artificially intelligent systems, social robotics, and media neuroscience.

YOUR PROFILE

  • You have (or soon will obtain) an University degree (Master or equivalent) or a Doctorate/PhD for PostDocs in psychology, computer science, HCI or cognitive science
  • You have profound knowledge in one (or ideally more) of the following areas: media psychology, human-technology interaction, social robotics, artificially intelligent systems
  • You have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and research questions at the intersection of (media) psychology, cognitive science and computer science
  • You have experience in planning and conducting human-technology interaction studies and in statistical analysis of self-report and interaction data
  • You have programming skills or are interested and willing to familiarize yourself with programming
  • Experience with a robot platform (e.g. Nao, Pepper) is a plus, but not a requirement; also programming skills in ROS would be a plus but not a requirement
  • Excellent English skills

Moreover, you are responsible, motivated, and team-minded and have strong communicative skills

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

You will engage in research in the project UrbANT (funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education). Within the project the consortium develops an autonomous delivery robot.

Your tasks are:

  • Quasi-experimental observations studies in the field and analysis of spontaneous user/pedestrian behavior
  • Development of social interaction concepts for collision avoidance
  • Iterative testing of the interaction concepts in lab studies
  • Testing the final prototype in field studies
  • Organization of project workshops
  • Publication of project results in competitive Journals, presentation at international conferences

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Jobs: Faculty positions in HCI in Understandable Autonomous Systems: Ethics, Transparency and Trust at University of Glasgow

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Understandable Autonomous Systems: Ethics, Transparency and Trust (GIST)

The University of Glasgow, UK

Reference Number: 023201
Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service: COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
Department: SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE
Job Family: Research And Teaching
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: £35,210 – £39,610 / £43,266 – £50,132 / £51,630 – £58,089 per annum

Full details: https://www22.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_glasgow01.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=97137%2C6172467223&key=205929019&c=15992371562348&pagestamp=dbkqfmyqovrehzlodh

Closing Date: 31 March 2019

JOB PURPOSE

NOTE: This is the job description for the Lecturer grade 7/8. Job Description for the Senior Lecturer/Reader post is available as an attachment at the bottom of [the page at the url above]. Please specify which position(s) you wish to be considered for on your cover letter.

The School is creating a research theme in Understandable Autonomous Systems (UAS): Ethics, Transparency and Trust that will explore impending interaction challenges for computational services and algorithms. Whatever we interact with these days, there is a complex system behind it. This could be when making online purchases, in autonomous cars, or social robots. We believe that such systems must have the following characteristics: Explainability, Accountability, Human Learnability, Transparency, Verifiability, Trustworthiness, Privacy/Confidentiality, Fairness, Ethics/Morality.

We are looking for an outstanding researcher who can work with the Glasgow Interactive Systems research section (GIST) on human-computer interaction in areas such as explainable AI, open algorithms, ethics and system design. We are especially interested in academics with a practical research focus.

In this context the job purpose is to develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in the topics described above; to actively engage in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level and to play a role in developing and executing School strategy, management and organisation.

For appointment at Grade 8:
Develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in the human aspects of UAS particularly through vigorously pursuing opportunities to generate income and publish.

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Jobs: Paid Summer Internships at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)

Summer Internships at the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)
http://ict.usc.edu/academics/internships/

The official application process for 2019 ICT Summer Research Program is now open.

View the list of summer research program positions.
Apply now.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEBRUARY 3, 2019

ICT offers select interdisciplinary paid internships for creative and technical students wishing to pursue careers in simulation, interactive media and virtual reality fields. ICT aims to create compelling immersive systems for effective learning for military, entertainment and educational purposes.

ICT will also be accepting applications for summer internships at the Army Research Lab West (ARL West), located in Playa Vista at the ICT facilities. ARL West positions will begin with “ARL” in the job title. The ARL West internships are paid through ICT/USC payroll.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students interested in participating in ICT’s and ARL West‘s Interdisciplinary Summer Research Programs should meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student for the summer 2019 or fall 2019 semester at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Be able to commit to a 12-week summer program, full-time, with start and end dates that comply with the applicant’s school session calendar

Students are required to work full-time (40 hours per week) Monday through Friday. If you are interested in applying for a summer research position with ICT, please fill out an application.

Click here for a PDF of frequently asked questions.

If you have any other questions or concerns please email us at internprogram@ict.usc.edu.

All forms of communication regarding the summer research program must be directed to the above email address.

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Job: Postdoc position in Human-Robot Interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Postdoc position in Human-Robot Interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Application deadline: January 15, 2019

We are looking for a postdoc to conduct research in a multidisciplinary expedition project funded by Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), Sweden’s largest individual research program, addressing compelling research topics that promise disruptive innovations in AI, autonomous systems and software for several years to come.

The project combines Formal Methods and Human-Robot Interaction with the goal of moving from conventional correct-by-design control with simple, static human models towards the synthesis of correct-by-design and socially acceptable controllers that consider complex human models based on empirical data. Two demonstrators, an autonomous driving scenario and a mobile robot navigation scenario in crowded social spaces, are planned to showcase the advances made in the project.

The focus of this position is on the development of data-driven models of human behavior that can be integrated with formal methods-based systems to better reflect real-world situations, as well as in the evaluation of the social acceptability of such systems.

The candidate will work under the supervision of Assistant Prof. Iolanda Leite (https://iolandaleite.com/) and in close collaboration with another postdoctoral researcher working in the field of formal synthesis.

This is a two-year position. The starting date is open for discussion, but ideally, we would like the selected candidate to start in April 2019.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates should have completed, or be near completion of, a Doctoral degree with a strong international publication record in areas such as (but not limited to) human-robot interaction, social robotics, multimodal perception, and artificial intelligence. Familiarity with formal methods, game theory, and control theory is an advantage.

Documented written and spoken English and programming skills are required. Experience with experimental design and statistical analysis is an important asset. Applicants must be strongly motivated, be able to work independently and possess good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities.

We look for candidates who are excited about being a part of a multidisciplinary team. Read more on Job: Postdoc position in Human-Robot Interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm…

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Jobs: 2 faculty positions in Explainable AI in Human-Agent Collaboration at TU Delft

2 Assistant/Associate Professors In Explainable AI In The Field Of Human-Agent Collaboration

Department/faculty: Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
TU Delft, The Netherlands

Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly
Contract: Tenure
Salary: 3545 – 6567 euros monthly (full-time basis)

https://vacature.beta.tudelft.nl/vacaturesite/permalink/51218/?lang=en

Application deadline: January 7, 2019

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

The department of Intelligent Systems (INSY) conceptualizes computer science methodologies to sense, abstract, learn, reason, elicitate and adapt data and their meaning in ways that respect human values in order to increase human effectiveness in well-being and social innovation. At the heart of the department is therefore the research and teaching in computer science theory, algorithms and solutions for information processing systems that support humans (e.g. robotics), new products (e.g. internet services), and science (e.g. biology).

The positions are embedded in the Interactive Intelligence group that focuses on interaction between humans, agents, robots and other intelligent systems. We have a strong research track record on intelligent interactive agents that can learn, plan and reason under uncertainty and have the social skills to use and understand emotions and norms. These agents may serve as coach, decision support agent, or companion, and are used in a wide variety of applications including therapy, health, decision making, and entertainment. We contribute to the Delft Design for Values Institute, the Delft Robotics Institute, and the Delft Data Science Institute.

Job description

The assistant or associate professors we are looking for will strengthen the research on Explainable Artificial Intelligence in the field of human-agent collaboration and relates to the research portfolio of the Interactive Intelligence group. Their research contributes to the mission of Delft University of Technology: combining science, design and engineering in a socially responsible manner. They will supervise PhD and MSc students, acquire external funding, teach and develop new courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and undertake managerial tasks as required. They will actively collaborate with other research institutes, industry, NGO’s or GO’s.

Topics

We aim to strengthen our research in Explainable Artificial Intelligence in the field of human-agent collaboration. Relevant topics of research include, but are not limited to, social robotics, conversational agents, affective computing, normative, reflective and strategic reasoning by applying Knowledge Representation techniques and/or Machine Learning. Candidates working on related challenges are also welcome to apply.

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Job: Assistant or Associate Professor in Human-Centered Emerging Technologies at Michigan State U

Tenure System Assistant or Associate Professor in Human-Centered Emerging Technologies
Department of Media and Information
Michigan State University
https://comartsci.msu.edu/media-information-job-openings

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2019

The Department of Media and Information (M&I) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks an innovative, dynamic individual to fill a full-time, tenure stream position at the assistant or associate professor level who can connect the creative and research approaches in the department, college, and university. We are particularly interested in someone who uses human-centered approaches to design, and is interested in emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, games, gamification, autonomous vehicles, Internet of things, smart homes, health technologies, neuro/biosensors, wearable devices, tangible computing, and other new technologies that are reshaping the world around us. We also value interests in socially relevant topics and making positive change in the world. Our ideal candidate both builds new things in the world and seeks to understand the impacts of the things they build, integrating the “arts” and “sciences” in their work.

Candidates will be expected to gain visibility through juried creative works and/or peer-reviewed academic research publications. Given our strong interdisciplinary culture we welcome applications from individuals from a diverse range of disciplinary and methodological traditions who thrive in a vibrant academic environment. Faculty members are also expected to pursue external funding to support their research and/or creative activity. In addition, candidates will teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as advise graduate students on projects, theses, and dissertations. Expected start date is August 16, 2019.

M&I is a top-five ranked, research and grant-active department. The department’s 31 faculty have core interests that focus on the study of technology and society, human-technology interaction, and technological systems. The M&I faculty was deliberately recruited from a range of disciplines, including communication, computer science, media, human-computer interaction, management, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, science and technology studies (STS), and design to complement and create a unique intellectual energy. This environment takes the best and most useful elements of various disciplines to create novel insights. The department strives to promote work that is cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary. Such endeavors expand our knowledge in new and innovative ways. Read more on Job: Assistant or Associate Professor in Human-Centered Emerging Technologies at Michigan State U…

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Jobs: 3 faculty positions in HCI and accessibility at Rochester Institute of Technology

JOB ADVERTISEMENT

Three faculty positions
Department of Information Sciences and Technologies
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester, New York
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25483&siteid=5291#jobDetails=1462074_5291

  • Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track
  • Faculty Discipline: Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Information Sciences & Technologies
  • Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor
  • Employment Category: Fulltime
  • Anticipated Start Date: 15-Aug-2019
  • Required Application Documents: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of Publications, List of References, Research Statement, Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Review of applications begins immediately. Candidates are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2018

As part of a growing, strategic research cluster in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computing accessibility, the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at RIT invites applications for three full-time tenure-track positions, at the assistant, associate, or full professor rank, for an appointment beginning fall 2019.

We are seeking candidates with expertise in one or more of the following or related areas: computing accessibility for people with disabilities or older adults; data visualization; human-centered machine learning; health informatics; social computing; or wearable, mobile, or ubiquitous systems. Outstanding applicants in other areas of HCI will also be considered, especially those with methodological expertise in physical or interactive prototyping for system-building and evaluation.

RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT: RIT is home to the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR) (http://cair.rit.edu) and the HCI at RIT Research Community (http://hci-research.rit.edu), with multiple RIT faculty and students actively engaged in research in the fields of human-computer interaction and accessibility.  Since 2014, CAIR faculty have secured over $2 million in external research funding support, over 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, and multiple Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards from major research venues, including the ACM CHI and ASSETS conferences.  RIT is an interdisciplinary research hub, with research groups and communities encompassing a range of domain areas, including: RIT’s Personalized Healthcare Technology initiative (http://pht.rit.edu), Center for Cybersecurity (http://www.rit.edu/cybersecurity), Center for Human-Aware Artificial Intelligence (http://www.rit.edu/chai), and the Media Arts Games Interaction Creativity (MAGIC) Center (https://magic.rit.edu).  In addition, RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), with over 1,300 Deaf and Hard of Hearing students on the campus.

Applicants should possess a PhD degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Information Science, or a related field by the start date of the appointment, and conduct high-quality, cutting-edge research that shapes the HCI or computing accessibility fields. Applicants should show strong commitment to undergraduate/graduate teaching, demonstrate the ability for innovative research and high-impact publications, and exhibit potential to pursue externally funded research.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment. Read more on Jobs: 3 faculty positions in HCI and accessibility at Rochester Institute of Technology…

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