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*PhD fellowship*
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/Towards a Computational Model of Social Skills for Human-Computer 
Interaction/
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LIS <http://www.lis-lab.fr/>, LPL <http://www.lpl-aix.fr/>, ILCB 
<http://www.ilcb.fr/>, Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS

 >>> Deadline for application: *June 3rd, 2019*

The goal of this project is to develop a computational model of social 
skills for multimodal interaction systems. The model will focus more 
precisely on a specific context, task oriented dialogues, in which all 
semantic and pragmatic aspects are controlled. It will be built by means 
on different machine learning methodologies applied to the analysis of 
natural corpora. This work will be part of an ongoing project 
(http://www.lpl-aix.fr/~acorformed/ 
<http://www.lpl-aix.fr/%7Eacorformed/>), aiming at developing a virtual 
reality system for training doctors to break bad news, with an embodied 
conversational agent playing the role of a virtual patient.

The PhD is organized around 4 main tasks:

  * Describing the social skills relevant to the use case, with a
    specific focus on empathy and persuasion, through a corpus analysis.
    This task is done in collaboration with doctors involved in such
    training activities.
  * Modeling the social skills, by means of machine learning techniques
  * Implementing the social skills in the communication environment
  * Developing a tool for the automatic evaluation of doctor's skills,
    adapted to the training goals


The PhD candidate should have a master's degree completed in one of the 
fields below:

  * Computer science
  * Artificial Intelligence
  * Natural language processing
  * Applied mathematics

The candidate should have a strong background in machine learning and 
modeling methods. Some complementary previous experience would be 
appreciated in the following topics:

  * Human-computer interaction
  * Multimodal data processing
  * Data acquisition
  * Corpus-based studies
  * Affective computing
  * Conversational agents


This fellowship is part of the ILCB action 
(https://www.ilcb.fr/call-for-applications/phd-grants/). It is a 
three-year work contract, with a monthly net salary of approximately 
1685€/month, and a financial support for international research training 
and conferences participations plus a contribution to the research costs.

French language is not required.

Aix Marseille University (http://www.univ-amu.fr/en), the largest French 
University, is ideally located on the Mediterranean coast, and only 1h30 
away from the Alps.

The application files consists of the following documents:
- A detailed curriculum,
- A description of the academic background and copy of academic records 
and most recent diploma,
- A cover letter describing why the applicant wishes to participate in 
this project and his/her research’s adequacy with the proposed topics
- if possible, recommendation letters (including one from the master or 
equivalent diploma supervisor)

For any question, contact Philippe Blache <[log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> or Magalie Ochs 
<[log in to unmask] >



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