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Ginevra Castellano <[log in to unmask]>
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Ginevra Castellano <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 22 May 2012 15:29:36 +0100
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The School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering of the 
University of Birmingham, UK, offers a *fully funded* *PhD studentship 
on Automatic Human Behaviour Analysis* starting in September/October 
2012 (dates are negotiable).

The recent rise of behavioural computing has brought a lot of attention 
to the design of systems for the automatic analysis of human behaviour 
in computer-based applications. Applications cover a large range of 
domains, from security to robotics, from entertainment to assistive 
technology. Recent research on social robots shows that robots are 
increasingly been studied as partners that collaborate and do things 
with people. Social robots, for example, are envisioned to play an 
important role in several applications, such as providing assistance for 
the elderly at home, serving as tutors for children by enriching their 
learning experiences, acting as therapeutic tools for children with 
autism or as game buddies for entertainment purposes. Many of these 
applications require robots to be endowed with social skills. Social 
perceptive abilities are amongst the most important skills necessary for 
robots to engage humans in natural forms of social interaction. These 
include affect sensitivity, that is, the ability to recognise people's 
affective expressions and states, understand their social signals, and 
account for the context in which the interaction with the robot takes place.

This studentship will address the design, implementation and evaluation 
of techniques for automatic behaviour analysis for social signals and 
affect recognition in human-robot interaction.

Personal applications for any area related to automatic social behaviour 
analysis are also welcomed.

The studentship will be based at the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Birmingham and will be supervised by Dr. Ginevra Castellano (  

The student will work in close collaboration with the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction recently established at the University of Birmingham (

More information about the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering and its research activities can be found at

We are looking for an excellent student with a strong first degree or 
Master degree in computer science or related areas relevant to the PhD 
topics. Interest in disciplines such as psychology and social sciences 
would be desirable. Good programming skills are required.

The post is available for three years and is fully funded only for candidates with UK or EU nationality. The studentship will cover fees and a free-tax salary starting at 13590 per annum.

To apply for the position, please send the following documents to Dr. 
Ginevra Castellano ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>):

-A copy of your CV including the final (or expected) grades of your 
undergraduate and/or MSc degree

-A covering letter detailing ideas for a research proposal (max 2 pages) 
and including the names of two academic referees

-1 representative publication in PDF format (e.g., final year project 
report, MSc thesis, etc.)

The deadline for applications is *June 22nd 2012*

Informal enquiries to: Dr Ginevra Castellano ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

Dr. Ginevra Castellano
School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Centre for Human-Computer Interaction
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 7118
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