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PhD student and postdoc positions on "Cognitive Interaction Technology", Bielefeld (Germany)

In the Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" at Bielefeld University a new research group ãSociable AgentsÒ has been established. The group explores how embodied agents, i.e. robots or 3D virtual characters, can learn to better interact with people by taking social aspects of communication into account. In this context, we are inviting applications for the following positions, all available immediately:

- 1 researcher (TV-L E13) for the duration until Oct. 2012 (ref. 1002) Candidates are expected to develop cognitive architectures for embodied agents that integrate models of multimodal dialogue with the sensorimotor grounding of social resonance. The researcher will be responsible for the realization and maintenance of technical prototype platforms. Teaching at undergraduate and graduate level is expected.

- 2 Ph.D. scholarships for the duration of 3 years (ref. 1003) Candidates are expected to conduct technical and empirical research on machine capabilities for developing communicative skills through social learning, and for promoting and capitalizing on the evolvement of familiarity and companionship in long-term interaction, respectively.

For more information, see http://www.cit-ec.de/index.php?page=open_pos or contact: Stefan Kopp (Tel: +49 521 1062921, ). We will consider applications until all positions have been filled. Applications arriving no later than 25.7.2008 will receive full consideration.

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