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Date: Thu, 31 May 2018 18:34:51 +0100
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Studentship: Control System for Nonverbal Behaviour in Virtual Humans

Start: October 2018 (subject to negotiation)
Closing Date: Friday 15 June 2018
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 3 years)
Reference: R180148 <>

Applications are invited for a three-year Postgraduate studentship,
supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be
undertaken within the ALICE group ( of the
Computer Science Department at Aston University. The successful applicant
will join a group working on interactive virtual human systems and
biologically grounded Human-Computer-Interaction (

*Background of the Project*
Focus of the project is the development and evaluation of a control system
for the nonverbal behaviour of virtual humans. The system will be based on
principles from control theory and neurocomputation. Application of the
system is nonverbal behaviour-based social skills training, where a user is
interacting with a virtual human in real-time.

For informal inquirers and further information please contact Ulysses
Bernardet [log in to unmask]

*Person Specification*
The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class
honours degree or equivalent qualification in Computer Science,
Engineering, Psychology or Biology. The project is very interdisciplinary,
and we are therefore looking for a candidate with a background in computer
science/engineering with a strong interest in psychological concepts or a
background in psychology/biology with a strong technical proficiency.
Candidates should have the skills to implement technical systems and to
think at the conceptual/psychological level. However, the most important
requirement is enthusiasm for building biologically grounded interactive
computer system.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to
progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the
principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious
Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and
supportive environment and family atmosphere.

*How to Apply*
Apply directly here:
The online application form, reference forms and details of entry
requirements, including English language, are available at
If you require further information about the application process please
contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at [log in to unmask]
Applications must be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview
of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and
experience will benefit the project. Details of how to write your project
proposal are included in the How to Apply section.


Dr Ulysses Bernardet
Lecturer in Computer Science
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Aston University, Birmingham, UK

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