[Elsnet-list] Junior Research Scientist (Voice/Multimodal User Interface-HCI) at Trento

Sebastian Varges varges at dit.unitn.it
Tue Mar 6 18:56:41 CET 2007


The Adaptive Multimodal Information and Interface Research Lab at
University of Trento (Italy) has openings in the following areas:


** Junior Research Scientist (Voice/Multimodal User Interface-HCI) **


Job description:  The research scientist will be investigating
     innovative adaptive user interfaces for spoken and/or multimodal
     conversational systems.  He/she will be a member of the ADAMACH
     (“Adaptive and Meaning Machines”) research team funded by a Marie
     Curie Excellence grant. He/She will design experimental scenarios
     -- involving, for example, wizard-of-oz studies and mobile devices
     -- and supervise their implementation.  He/She will work closely
     with other members of the team to help improve our natural
     language processing components, define requirements for backend
     processes, author dialogues and develop dialogue strategies for
     presenting external information and conveying the internal state
     of the dialogue system.  Furthermore, he/she will analyze
     dialogues and help with their annotation using novel, interactive
     annotation techniques.

Requirements: The research scientist we are looking for has a Ph.D. in
     Computer Science, Cognitive Science or related disciplines. He/She
     has a background in human-machine user interface research for
     spoken and/or multimodal conversational systems.  He/she will have
     an international research track record and strong publication
     record in the VUI-HCI field. He/She will have strong programming
     skills.

How to apply: The University of Trento is an equal opportunity
     employer. Interested applicants should submit their CV along with
     their statement of research interest and reference letters before
     01/01/2008.  The starting date for the position is open (but no
     later than 01/03/2008), and the duration of the contract will be
     24 months.  It is recommended to contact us before submitting a
     formal application:

     Prof. Ing. Giuseppe Riccardi       Dr. Sebastian Varges
     Email: riccardi at dit.unitn.it           Email: varges at dit.unitn.it
     www.dit.unitn.it/~riccardi             www.dit.unitn.it/~varges

The Research Lab: The Adaptive Multimodal Information and Interface
    (AMI2) research lab pursues excellence research in next-generation
    interfaces for human-machine and human-human communication. The
    Ph.D. research fellowships are funded by the prestigious Marie
    Curie Excellence grant awarded by the European Commission for
    cutting edge and interdisciplinary research. There have been many
    advances in the field of speech recognition and text-to-speech
    synthesis in the last decade. However, human-machine conversational
    system are still severely limited in the ability to understand and
    interact. The general research challenge of the project is to
    investigate innovative multimodal interfaces that will be adaptive,
    affective, usable and knowledgeable.

    The Adaptive Multimodal Information and Interface (AMI2) research
    lab pursues excellence research in next-generation interfaces for
    human-machine and human-human communication. The AMI2 lab has a
    state-of-the-art technology infrastructure and collaborations with
    premiere international research centers and industry research labs.

About University of Trento and Information and Communication
    Technology Department: The University of Trento is constantly
    ranked as premiere Italian graduate university institution (see
    www.dit.unitn.it).  The DIT Department has a strong focus on
    Interdisciplinarity with professors from different faculties of the
    University (Physical Science, Electrical Engineering, Economics,
    Social Science, Cognitive Science, Computer Science) with
    international background.  English is the official language.




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