[Elsnet-list] Vacancy Postdoctoral Researcher "Creative Technologies" at UT-HMI

A.Nijholt at ewi.utwente.nl A.Nijholt at ewi.utwente.nl
Thu Sep 27 10:58:47 CEST 2007

Postdoctoral Researcher Position "Creative Technologies", UT-Human Media


The Human Media Interaction (HMI) Department of the Center of Telematics
and Information technology (CTIT) of the University of Twente, the
Netherlands, has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher on Creative
Technologies for a period of two years.

Research on ambient intelligence (ubiquitous computing and social and
intelligent interfaces) has made it possible to introduce games and
entertainment where not only the user's physical activity is detected,
tracked and monitored, but where also this physical activity (probably
complemented with physiological and mental state information) is a major
interaction modality to the game or entertainment environment.
Information obtained from these modalities can be used to control the
environment and also to let the environment adapt to the particular user
by deriving preferences and personality characteristics from the user's
behavior. Technology that made it possible to develop engaging games and
environments that require bodily interaction is now also being
considered for environments for sports, physiotherapy, health-care
prevention, and patient examination.


The requested postdoctoral researcher is expected to perform research on
interactive entertainment, strengthening the current HMI activities in
this area. The emphasis should be on bodily interaction in so-called
exertion interfaces. Research in this area also allows applications in
sports, health care and education. In the HMI approach to exertion
interfaces interaction can be both with human and virtual partners.
Interaction is engaging and social, including motivating community
aspects. The main research question we want to tackle is how to
anticipate a user's actions, taking into account other (supporting)
events in the physical environment. Armed with knowledge of this
research field the postdoctoral researcher is assumed to support the
current and new HMI activities that aim at taking more part in European
and Dutch initiatives in creative technology research.


The HMI Department of the CTIT comprises more than forty researchers
(including 20 Ph.D. students). It is involved in many European and
national projects and Networks of Excellence on smart surroundings,
ambient intelligence, multimodal interaction, speech and natural
language processing, multimedia retrieval, embodied agents, virtual
reality, adaptive user interfaces and affective computing, games and
entertainment computing. The HMI Department is also responsible for the
Master of Science track "Human Media Interaction" with more than fifty


Gross salary of a postdoctoral researcher starts at Euro 2740,--, but it
also depends on expertise and experience. Please send applications (with
CV) or requests for more information by email to Prof.dr. Anton Nijholt
(anijholt at cs.utwente.nl).


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