We are looking for a PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence and Logic
at the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), Toulouse, France,
with starting date on 1st January 2019. The deadline for applications is 5 November 2018.
The PhD candidate will work in the context of the recently funded ANR project CoPains
“Cognitive Planning in Persuasive Multimodal Communication”:
The goal of the CoPains project is to build artificial agents that are capable
of inducing human users to adopt healthy behaviors and, if necessary, by
persuading them to change their habits in their interest.
More precisely, the application domain of CoPains is persuasive technology for healthcare and
assistance in which an embodied conversational agent (ECA) interacts with a person in a
multimodal way in order to support her activity and to take care of her well-being.
In order to interact with the person in an efficient way, the agent will be endowed with a sophisticated
model of human cognition which will make it capable of being persuasive and
of planning a strategy aimed at influencing the user’s behavior.
In order to achieve this objective, CoPains is expected to exploit theoretical and
empirical approaches by combining, in a rather innovative way, corpus-based analysis with
formal methods from different areas of artificial intelligence (AI).
This includes logic, planning, sentiment analysis, and data-mining.
The successful candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the
Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (http://www.univ-tlse3.fr)
and will become member of the LILaC research group at the Institut
de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (https://www.irit.fr).
The main focus of the research group is the study of models of agents and
their interaction with the aid of formal methods including logic and game theory.
The PhD is fully funded during the 3 years 2019-2021 as part of the ANR project CoPains,
including travel expenses for attending scientific conferences and project meetings.
The PhD candidate is expected to write a PhD
thesis by the end of the third year, attend regular research
seminars and meetings of the research group, publish and present her or
his work regularly at international conferences and workshops.
Applicants should hold a Master degree in Computer Science or a close discipline.
Further requirements are an excellent track record, a strong drive towards fundamental
research and academic work, and full proficiency in English.
Previous knowledge of topics related to logic and artificial intelligence is welcome.
Knowledge of French language is not required. Successful applicants will
have the opportunity to learn French during their stay.
PROPONENT AND CONTACT PERSON
Dr. Emiliano Lorini
Université Paul Sabatier IRIT, LILaC team
118 route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse, France
Applications should be sent to
before 5 November 2018.
They should consist of a single PDF document including
a detailed CV of the candidate, a motivation letter including a description of the
candidate’s research interests, 2 recommendation letters,
a copy of the official transcript of grades at Master level, and a link to a Master thesis.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to make contact with the contact person
before submitting their applications.
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