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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 ( 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.


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)

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.


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

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


Three faculty positions
Department of Information Sciences and Technologies
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester, New York

  • 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) ( and the HCI at RIT Research Community (, 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 (, Center for Cybersecurity (, Center for Human-Aware Artificial Intelligence (, and the Media Arts Games Interaction Creativity (MAGIC) Center (  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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Job: Senior Lecturer in Immersive Technology at University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus

Senior Lecturer in Immersive Technology
University of South Wales
Cardiff Campus

Closing Date: November 8, 2018

The USW Faculty of Creative Industries is one of the largest providers of creative education in the UK with over 2500 students studying across a portfolio of over 30 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, all contained within a campus in the heart one of the country’s most vibrant and creative cities.

Having recently achieved outstanding national student survey results across the Design subject area, the Faculty is now looking to further develop its research profile and its capacity to collaborate with external partners. The Faculty is therefore seeking to appoint a new Senior Lecturer in Immersive Technology who is able to contribute subject expertise and professional experience in order to drive the use of new technology across our design portfolio.

Applicants should be qualified at least to Masters Level (or of equivalent professional status), be able to demonstrate an expert knowledge of new technology including virtual and augmented reality, and be able to apply this knowledge to the Creative Industries sector. They should have a proven track record of delivering a first-class student experience at a both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and experience of pedagogic development and innovation.

The successful applicant will also support the Director of Design in developing new collaborative partnerships with businesses within the Cardiff city region and beyond, and contribute to research activities in line with the Faculty strategic plans.

We welcome enquiries prior to application – for an informal discussion about this post, contact Mark Jackson, Director Design & Digital,, Tel. +44 (0) 1443 661807.

This position is based at Cardiff Campus. The terms and conditions of the post (including grade and salary) will be those of the University of South Wales. Read more on Job: Senior Lecturer in Immersive Technology at University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus…

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Job: Post-doc: Multimodal data analysis of behavioral and physiological signals from HHI, HMI interactions – Aix Marseille University

Two-year Post-doctoral Position

Multimodal data analysis of behavioral and physiological signals from human-human and human-machine interactions
Laboratoire d’Informatique et des Systèmes (LIS) et Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL)
Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS

Deadline for application: 30 October

Keywords: conversational speech, multimodal data analysis, neurophysiological data, machine learning

The A*MIDEX project PhysSocial aims at a better understanding of the specificities of social interactions by comparing relationships between behavior and neurophysiology in human‐human and human‐robot discussion. The goal of the post-doc is to analyze the multimodal signals (speech, eyes direction, physiological, and neurophysiologic signals) from conversational activity using signal processing and machine learning methodologies in order to compare the human-human and human-robot interactions.
The Post-doc is organized around 2 main tasks:

  • Multimodal data preprocessing: in a first step, the objective is to process the row data (speech, transcribed speech, eyes tracking, physiological and neurophysiological signals) corresponding to human-human and human-robot conversation in order to extract time series corresponding to behavioral features, as well as cognitive events derived from local activity in well-defined brain areas involved in language and social cognition
  • Machine learning of causal relations: in a second step, time series will be used by statistical learning to identify causal relations between behavioral and physiological features and cognitive events extracted from neurophysiological recording with fMRI. From a learning point of view, one challenge in this project is the high-dimensional data. We address this issue with a focus on the features representation and selection problems.

The candidate should have a Phd in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Signal or Natural Language Processing (with solid background in machine learning).

The candidate should have a strong background in machine learning and signal processing with a focus on multimodality. Some complementary previous experience would be appreciated in the following topics:

  • Multimodal data processing
  • Data science applied to language data

The post-doc is fully funded during 2 years as part of the A*MIDEX interdisciplinary project PhysSocial, including personalized training, travel expenses, and conferences attendance.

French language is not required.

Aix Marseille University (, the largest French University, is ideally located on the Mediterranean coast, and only 1h30 away from the Alps. Read more on Job: Post-doc: Multimodal data analysis of behavioral and physiological signals from HHI, HMI interactions – Aix Marseille University…

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Job: Modelling a humanoid virtual assistant for remote and isolated caregivers – PhD fellowship at French National Research Centre Lab

PhD fellowship

Subject: Modelling a humanoid virtual assistant for remote and isolated caregivers
UMR-CNRS (French National Research Centre) Lab-STICC
Brest, France

Supervisor: Ronan Querrec
Co-supervisors: Elisabetta Bevacqua

ENIB – Brest National School of Engineering
Lab-STICC – Laboratory in the field of Information, Communication and Knowledge Science

Keywords: embodied conversational agents, multimodal data analysis and generation, medical procedures and assistance data, system trustworthiness.

The PhD project is part of the ANR VR-MARS Project that aims at implementing an assistance system designed for emergency care support in remote and isolated sites. The system will be based on virtual reality (RV) and embodied conversational agents (ECAs). We hypothesize that these two technologies improve the situation understanding and the coordination of all the stakeholders: a remote caregiver and the referent expert centre. The VR-MARS case study will focus on space medicine and the simulation of emergency care during a manned mission on Mars. The geographic distance will be doubled by the temporal isolation, due to the communication latency between the caregiver (on Mars) and the expert centre (on Earth).

The goal of this PhD is to design, implement and evaluate the virtual assistant. The virtual assistant must be able to support the caregiver to go through a medical procedure and to help them to keep the stress level under control. It must also transmit orders from the expert centre to the remote medical team imposing its authority if necessary.

The PhD is organized around 4 main tasks:

  1. State of the art: firstly, a thorough study of the state of the art will be fundamental to define, on the one hand, how humans help others to manage their level of stress and, on the other hand, how they give orders.
  2. Multimodal data pre-processing: some experimentation are being currently conducted in order to tests ECA’s features. We want to evaluate medical emergency situations (such as severe acute appendicitis or leg fracture) involving functionalities considered as dedicated to the ECA, but carried either by caregivers or by elementary cognitive supports. The aim is to collect data that will help us to conceptualize the functionalities of the ECA and that will provide us with examples of the multimodal behaviours that the agent should be able to show.
  3. Computational modelling and implementation in an embodied conversational agent: this step will require to integrate the knowledge acquired during the first two steps to propose and implement a model of the virtual assistant.
  4. Evaluation: the model will be evaluated through experiments conducted in collaboration with the other partners of the project.

The PhD is fully funded during 3 years as part of the ANR VR-MARS Project. The work will be realized at the European Centre for Virtual Reality (CERV), a very well-known laboratory, specialized in autonomous behavior modelling and human/system interaction. More precisely, the thesis will be developed within the Lab-STICC.

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Job: Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Game Studies at UC Riverside

[See last year’s position announcement here. –Matthew]

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Game Studies
In the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside

Applications received by November 8, 2018 will receive full consideration

The Department of Media and Cultural Studies (MCS) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Game Studies. This appointment will begin July 1, 2019.

We seek candidates with research expertise in Game Studies. Possible areas of interest include: gender and sexuality, queer and feminist approaches, critical race studies of games, serious games, indie games, political economy of games/media archeology, haptics and interface, gamification, game culture and identity, virtual epistemologies and ontologies, narratology, ludology and other approaches related to media and games. Additional expertise in film studies, cultural studies or production is a plus.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in games/media/digital studies or similar relevant field and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The MCS Department Mission: to focus on how political economy and dominant ideologies condition the production and distribution, circulation and contestation, reception and appropriation of media and cultural texts. We are committed to the analysis of how ideology, power and identity intersect and articulate through media and culture. The successful applicant will join a vibrant intellectual community in the University California system, a leading public research system. Read more on Job: Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Game Studies at UC Riverside…

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Job: Post-doctoral Researcher re: virtual characters in healthcare at University of Florida

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Virtual Experiences Research Group
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA

Posted September 19, 2018

We are announcing a virtual reality/human-computer interaction postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA). The postdoctoral researcher will work with Professor Benjamin Lok in the Virtual Experiences Research Group (


The postdoctoral researcher contributes to the Virtual Experiences Research Group’s success by:

  • Applying their understanding of virtual reality technologies to develop user experiences involving virtual human characters in healthcare applications to achieve research grant goals
  • Conducting user studies to evaluate the efficacy of virtual human systems
  • Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students on user study design, scientific writing
  • Leading conference, journal, and grant proposal submissions


Developing virtual human applications (50%)

  • Primarily supporting the aims of a NIH grant to develop virtual human experiences delivered on mobile platforms to help reduce suicide for at risk populations
  • Primarily supporting the aims of a NSF grant to develop virtual human experiences to train building construction students on how to manage job sites and communicate with teams
  • Secondarily supporting the aims of other grants involving virtual human experiences for training and delivering health care

Mentoring students (25%)

  • On a weekly basis, meet graduate and undergraduate students of VERG to review writing, discuss ideas, and academic mentorship.
  • Provide feedback on study designs, research ideas, and scientific writing review

Submit publications and funding proposals (25%)

  • As primary author, submit at least one major conference submission based on the research conducted as part of the grants being supported.
  • As primary author, submit at least one major journal submission based on the research conducted as part of the grants being supported.
  • Through building a collaboration with researchers across campus, submit at least one federal funding agency proposal to support further development of research ideas.

Optional opportunities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses are available based on interest. Read more on Job: Post-doctoral Researcher re: virtual characters in healthcare at University of Florida…

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Job: Assistant Professor of Games User Research at the University of Saskatchewan

Faculty Position: Assistant Professor of Games User Research at the University of Saskatchewan

Review of applications begins September 15, 2018; open until filled

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with the College of Arts and Science in the Department of Computer Science. The University of Saskatchewan, the College of Arts and Science and the Department of Computer Science are strongly committed to diversity. Applications from Indigenous persons and women are especially encouraged and will be given preference. The successful candidate will build a substantial, externally funded research program in digital games, in a way that complements and enhances our existing program. All aspects of game research will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates with a research focus on Game User Research and/or Analytics, broadly defined. Initially, this position will be partially funded through Dr. Mandryk’s recent Steacie Award. The successful candidate will teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level, particularly our named game courses. As the current university vision emphasizes collaborative research, the successful candidate will be able to identify how they will work with other faculty members in the department, units on campus, and external and academic partners, while maintaining a core research program in digital games. Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the departmental website ( for program details. Read more on Job: Assistant Professor of Games User Research at the University of Saskatchewan…

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