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Sat, 8 Jul 2000 11:21:45 +0900
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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Vacancies for Researchers in
Design and Analysis on Social Agents


Postdoctoral positions are available in the research project of
the Universal Design of Digital City, a five-year-project
established in 2000, under the Core Research for Evolutional
Science and Technology (CREST) of the Japan Science and
Technology Corporation (JST). The objective of this project is
to construct digital cities as an infrastructure used and
participated by all people, including the disabled and the aged.
The universal design, usable for all people, for digital city is
indispensable to create the information space for daily life.
In this project, we will develop basic technologies for the
universal design, subject to sending information, receiving
information, and participation. In parallel with the basic
research, we conduct demonstrative experiments in physical
cities such as Kyoto, a cultural center of Japan. This project is
managed by JST Digital City Research Center collaborating
primarily with Department of Social Informatics at Kyoto
University and NTT Communication Science Laboratories.

The recruitment of this time is related to the design (Computer
Science / Artificial Intelligence) and the analysis (Social
Psychology) of software called the social agent, which acts
in the digital cities. In the design of social agents, we will
develop agents that have the ability to interact with people
and the environment (including virtual space and mobile terminal).
In the analysis of social agents, we investigate the social effects
caused by the speech and the behavior of agents, and then
clarify the possible social roles of them. The research result
of this project will be applied to the support of cross-cultural
communication, electronic commerce, security, learning about
the natural environment by experience, risk management, and
so on.

The workplace is the Digital City Research Center located in
downtown of Kyoto city. The latest network system, computational
equipments, and a quiet research environment are provided.
Join us for interdisciplinary research between Computer Science
and Social Psychology in Kyoto, the ancient capital
of Japan!


By the end of their stay, the fellows will be exposed to a modern,
dynamic research environment, and will gain valuable technical
skills and an understanding of agent technologies. At a scientific
level, they will gain experience at the cutting edge of Agents,
Visualization, and Social Psychology. We will also benefit by
establishing and strengthening worldwide links with leading
research groups who will be the principal sources of fellows.
It is anticipated that the fellows will receive a subsistence
allowance of approximately 350,000-450,000 yen per month
depending on their experience.


Send your CV, papers, research proposal and photo to:

Professor Toru Ishida
Department of Social Informatics
Kyoto University
Honmachi Yoshida, Sakyo-ku,
Kyoto 606-8501, JAPAN
TEL: 81 75 753 4821 FAX: 81 75 753 4820
E-mail: [log in to unmask]


Toru Ishida and Katherine Isbister (Eds.), Digital Cities: Experiences,
Technologies and Future Perspectives, Lecture Notes in Computer
Science, 1765, Springer-Verlag, 2000.

Katherine Isbister, Hideyuki Nakanishi, Toru Ishida, and Cliff Nass,
Helper Agent: Designing an Assistant for Human-Human Interaction
in a Virtual Meeting Space, International Conference on Human
Factors in Computing Systems (CHI-00), pp. 57-64, 2000.

Hideyuki Nakanishi, Chikara Yoshida, Toshikazu Nishimura and
Toru Ishida, FreeWalk: A 3D Virtual Space for Casual Meetings,
IEEE Multimedia, Vol.6, No.2, pp.20-28, 1999.1.