There is a 3-year funded PhD position in the School of Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
Application Deadline: 27 April 2012
Project Title: An eFriend to Promote Social Norms and Healthy Lifestyle for Young People
The PhD research fellow will work in the area of AI and Affective computing. This studentship aims to address risk behaviour in young people via the provision of an intelligent agent with social and emotion intelligence either embedded in virtual worlds or embodied in a humanoid robot. The intelligent agent will be developed to employ human-like natural speech to interact with students as their peer. It will encourage users to talk about their problems and emotional difficulties by evoking sensitive topics relating to their social life. It will also be capable of detecting emotion embedded in usersâ€™ speech, facial expression and body language to enhance personalised interaction.
The project brings synergy between AI research in computer science and social norm research in public health. It is supported by a strong partnership between Northumbria University, NHS South of Tyne and Wear Community Health Services, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (Kevin Stoodley [Health Development Worker] and Pam Douglas [Young Persons Service Coordinator]) and Gateshead Primary Care Trust (Lisa Dodd (Childrenâ€™s Lead for Commissioning)).
Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Computer Science, Games programming, Engineering or a relevant subject from a British higher education institution, or equivalent. Students who are not UK/EU residents are eligible to apply, provided they hold the relevant academic qualifications, together with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (figure for 2012/13 is 13,590 pa) and home fees.
For application and further post details, please go to:
You should apply using the Universityâ€™s Research Application Form, available via the link on this page. Applications should be submitted to:
Senior Administrator, Research,
School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences
Tel: 0191 227 3244