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Application deadline: March 31st. 


Please pass along to anyone you feel is a good fit: 

We are pleased to announce a PhD position in AI/ Computational Models for Movement at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada). This position will be working with Associate Professor Thecla Schiphorst, Assistant Professor Philippe Pasquier, and Postdoctoral Fellow Sarah Fdili Alaoui in the Moving Stories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning and Interaction Research Group ( 

Moving Stories is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research partnership leading to the design and application of more richly articulated human movement knowledge within digital technology interaction. The research institutional partners include Simon Fraser University (SFU), The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), The Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York (LIMS), Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD), The University of British Columbia Theater Department (UBC) and Credo Interactive. 

This partnership focuses on designing digital tools for movement, meaning and interaction investigated through the intersection of three unique domains: Laban movement analysis, digital interaction technologies, and social and cultural applications and outcomes. Moving Stories supports an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to redesigning digital technologies based on overlapping yet differentiated epistemological approaches to understanding movement. Research approaches include: 

    * Integrating the application of somatic movement-expertise within the context of human computer interaction to expand the practical application of embodied theory and its application to technology design, particularly within human computer interaction (HCI). 
    * Enhancing a reflective space for ethical valuation of technology design within HCI through an interdisciplinary approach utilizing ameliorative properties of movement expertise. 
    * Reframing user experience within HCI through an articulation of the epistemological nature of somatic movement practices. 
    * Applications of these emerging methodological design approaches to innovative digital tools to support and mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 
- Work towards developing a Movement API (see ) 
- Support development of computational models of movement using Machine Learning Technique 
- Lead conference, journal, and grant proposal writing and submission 

Preferred Qualifications: 
- Previously completed or about to complete a Master Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience. 

Research focus includes at least one of the following areas: 
- Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning Techniques 
- Human-Computer Interaction 
- Computer Graphics 
- Animation 

Experience with C++, Java, MaxMSP, Python, OpenGL/GLSL, mobile/tablet development, and performance/multimedia/ and visual art, conducting user studies, interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Position title: PhD Student, SIAT 
Rate of pay: Depends on experience 
Departmental contact: Nasim Jahangiri (Project Manager) 
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Job open date: February 15th 2014 
Job close date: Open until filled 
Review begins on (continues until position filled): March 31th, 2014 
Benefits eligible: Yes 
Full-time/part-time: Full-time 

How to apply: 
Application Documents Required: 
- Letter of interest (1 page pdf) 
- Research statement (1 page pdf) 
- Curriculum vitae, including list of publications and name of references (pdf) 
- Link to website or online portfolio of creative work, multimedia projects, or research projects (optional) 
- List of 3 professional references w/contact information (email and phone number). 

Send the document above to Moving Stories’ Project Manager, "Nasim Jahangiri" <[log in to unmask]> 

Benefits to applicants: 
- Work in an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary research team with strong connections between technology and embodied experience. 
- Receive weekly mentorship towards a research career. 
- Vancouver is a beautiful city situated between the ocean and mountains with easy access to year-round outdoor activities and cultural opportunities. – Simon Fraser University is a unique university spread over three campuses with many strong connections to local video and gaming industries. 
- Position could begin any time after September 1st, 2014. 
- Flexibility in starting date. 
- Health insurance through Simon Fraser University. 

Best wishes, 

Dr Sarah Fdili Alaoui 
Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology 
Simon Fraser University 


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