[Ieee_vis_open_positions] job advertisement for Research Fellow/Research Associate

Daniel Thalmann (Prof) danielthalmann at ntu.edu.sg
Thu May 22 16:11:36 CEST 2014

Opening of Research Fellow and Research Associate positions in Interactive Virtual Characters and Social Robots

Job Description:

Opening of Research Fellow and Research Associate positions in Interactive Virtual Characters and Social Robots

Job Description:

The Institute for Media Innovation (IMI http://imi.ntu.edu.sg/) at Nanyang Technological University immediately invites applications for Research Fellow or   Associate Researcher positions to work in our leading research  Media Institute (IMI) in Singapore, in the area of interactive virtual characters and social robots. Researchers will have an opportunity to work in a cutting-edge interactive environment with top equipment including a very realistic human-like robot, several other small size robots and an immersive room populated with virtual characters.  They will also be part of a multi-national research project in the BeingThere Centre.


The successful candidates will conduct research at the intersection point of several technologies and topics such as 3D character animation, motion control for human-like robots, tracking of human gestures and facial expressions, decision making and dialogue systems, AI and autonomous characters.  He/she will participate actively in the exploration, design and development of novel methods for real-time, human-robot and human-virtual human social interactions targeting real-world use cases.

The position requires a Master degree for research associate or  a PhD for the position of research fellow in the area of interactive virtual characters or social robots . The applicant must have experience in some of the above mentioned area as evidenced by publications in high level international journals and conferences. He/she should have expertise in one or more of the following topics and fundamental knowledge in computer graphics and animation, machine learning, computer vision ,artificial intelligence or in Virtual Reality and immersive simulation:

- Expressive face and body animation for interactive virtual characters and robots

- Architectures for fusing multi-modal data from vision/ sound channels and synchronizing multi-modal behaviour for real-time interaction

- Mixed-initiative, multi-modal, multi-party social interaction models inspired by social sciences and analysis of real interactions

- Cognitive models for long-term dialogue-based interaction (e.g. self-awareness, memory, adaptation, affective interaction)

- Virtual/augmented  Reality, immersive technology

Strong capacity, commitment to research and good communication skills are expected. High expertise in C++ is required, as well as proficiency in Python or other scripting language. Experience developing software in team using source code management (e.g. git) is a plus.

Please submit the following to nadiathalmann at ntu.edu.sg<mailto:nadiathalmann at ntu.edu.sg> :

a. Curriculum vitae with photo

b. A brief research statement and description of past research experience

c. Two names and contacts of recommendation

d. Availability date
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Prof. Daniel Thalmann
Institute for Media Innovation (IMI)
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Drive
Research Techno Plaza
XFrontiers Block, Level 03-01
Singapore 637553
Email: danielthalmann at ntu.edu.sg<mailto:danielthalmann at ntu.edu.sg>
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