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Jan 15, 2007

Research Positions in the Devlopment of Artificial Companions - Edinburgh

Via Usability News 

Deadine: 20 January 2007
Centre for interaction Design, Napier University, Edinburgh
Salary Level Research Associate (Grade IA)
£20,645 - £30,902 p.a. (dependent on experience)


Opportunities exist for talented individuals to join Napier University’s team, led by Professor David Benyon, to work on a €12 million EU funded project, COMPANIONS. This project concerns the development of persistent, intelligent agents that work with people to help carry out activities within digital space. Napier’s work focus is the interaction design of these companions.

An Interaction Designer is required to undertake field work, analysis, prototyping and evaluation of systems using a variety of media such as video and Flash animation. The Interaction Designer will be a creative individual who can contribute to the interface, functionality, affective characteristics and embodiment of the companions.

A Conceptual Modeller or software engineer is needed for the development of a meta-data schemata for the mark-up of behaviours, language processing and modality selection. This will result in a COMPANIONS mark-up language.

For either position, the successful applicant will require a higher degree (or significant industry experience) in human-centred computing or interaction design. She or he should have good writing, team working, creative and communication skills, and have experience with techniques appropriate to the position.

Part time or short term contract positions may also be available. In addition, two fully funded PhD studentships (worth approx. £12000 p.a.) may be associated with the project.

Informal inquiries should be directed to the COMPANIONS research fellow Dr Oli Mival, o.mival@napier.ac.uk. Full applications in the form of a CV and covering letter should be received by 20th January 2007, electronically to c.thomson@napier.ac.uk or by post to Cheryl Thomson, Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries, Napier University, 10, Colinton road, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ.

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