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 (http://www.eee.bham.ac.uk/castellg/).
The student will work in close collaboration with the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction recently established at the University of Birmingham (http://hci.bham.ac.uk/).
More information about the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering and its research activities can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/eece/research/index.aspx
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
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 7118
Email: [log in to unmask]
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