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Applications are invited from *all nationalities *for a PhD Studentship to
undertake interdisciplinary research in the area of *automatic analysis of
affective and social behaviour*, starting *September/October 2012* *(dates
are negotiable)*.

The problem of automatic analysis of people's affective and social
behaviour is very important for multiple domains such as enhancing
human-computer and human-agent interaction, improving gaming technology and
playersí experience, behavioural analytics for the banking sector, etc.
Accordingly, the aim of this project is to attempt to develop tools that
can automatically analyse human affective and social signals from nonverbal
audiovisual cues (e.g., expressed through face and/or body gestures, and
vocal cues), and assess human affective and social traits (e.g., valence,
arousal, power, extraversion, agreeableness, etc.) using findings from social

The studentship will be based at the School of Electronic Engineering and
Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London and will be supervised
by Dr Hatice Gunes of the Multimedia and Vision research group ( and Prof Andrea Cavallaro ( ) of the Vision Group research group.
Information about the school and its research areas can be found at

Candidates should have a Masterís degree at distinction level or first or
upper second (2:1) Honours in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related
discipline, and must be able to demonstrate good analytical and programming
skills. Background in visual and audiovisual information processing,
machine learning or pattern recognition, and interest in multimodal data
fusion is desirable.

The studentship funded by the EECS Studentship will be for 3 years, and it
will cover student fees and a tax-free stipend starting at £15,590 per
annum, and is *available to candidates of all nationalities*.

Informal enquiries can be made by email to Dr Hatice Gunes (
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*To apply please email the following documents to *Dr Hatice Gunes (
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   1. A full CV listing degrees and dates, publications and a list of
   scientific projects, past and present posts and relevant responsibilities,
   and programming skills;
   2. A copy of your transcripts and final grade of your
   undergraduate/masterís degree (in English);
   3. 2 reference letters;
   4. A one-A4-page statement of interest answering the following three
   questions: (1) Why are you interested in the proposed studentship?  (2)
   What is your experience in the proposed area? (3) What are your future
   research plans?
   5. 2 representative publications in PDF format (e.g., MSc thesis,
   project reports, etc.);

*These documents must also be submitted online following the instructions
given in the following link: *

*Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality*


Dr. Hatice Gunes
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Queen Mary University of London
School of Electronic Eng. & Computer Science
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS U.K.
Phone: +44 20 7882 5349
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