Computer Science fully-founded PhD position (occupied)

In virtuo experiment for the biological pump in the mesopelagic domain

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The Lab-STICC (CNRS UMR 6285) is seeking an enthusiastic PhD candidate with a strong scientific knowledge background. The Computer Science thesis aims at modeling/simulating the biological pump in the mesopelagic domain : it intricates models from marine biology, biophysics and geophysics.

The biological pump is the set of processes that generate and transport the Particulate Organic Carbon (POC) from the surface to the deep sea and sediments. It includes primary production, particle aggregation/remineralization and particle entrainment into marine food web (mesopelagic is 100m to 1000m). With a quantitative understanding of these processes, we could better evaluate how the biological pump will respond to the CO2 added to the atmosphere by humankind.

To study the biological pump, we model involved phenomena as autonomous entities, then we experiment this set of models in interaction by simulation with man in the loop. The “In virtuo experiment” thus considers virtual reality as a laboratory to build and test models about the studied domain by using the methods of experimental science. The elaboration of such a virtual laboratory in collabaration with biogeophysists, requires categorizing different sorts of models (using for example the topology of their interactions) and different sorts of experiments (for example : parameter study vs model choice study).

Applicants should have a good adaptation ability and a background in Computer Science (UML, MAS), and/or bio-geo-physics or related area. Prior experience in epistemology would be an advantage. The context of this ambitious thesis is yet very comfortable, because the PhD student will work closely with a postdoctoral colleague recruited in fall 2013 by the partner laboratory (LEMAR, CNRS UMR 6539), specialized in the ecology of mesopelagic zooplankton.

 

Postdoctoral Position in Gesture Analysis and Recognition

The European Center for Virtual Reality (CERV), Engineering National Institute of Brest, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Gesture Analysis and Recognition.

Key words: Real-Time Gesture Analysis and Recognition (Hidden Markov Model, Principal Composant Analysis), Real-Time treatment, Virtual Humanoid, Emotion detection, Programming.

Project and Position Description

The Lab-STICC-CERV is leading a National-Agency founded project, called “InGredible”, to conduct research on human-virtual agent gestural interaction. The aim of this project consists in developing an autonomous virtual actor able to adapt to the user’s non verbal behavior through synchronization and dynamic coupling.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the “analysis of human gestures”. S/He will be in charge of the motion capture of interacting professional actors and s/he will take care of the segmentation of the resulting data. Such segmentation will be performed following the results of the analysis conducted by the psychologists involved in the project; this analysis aims at identifying those gestures and/or gestural characteristics peculiar to the coupling occurring between interactants. The selected candidate will then research, develop and implement algorithms to recognize in real-time the identified gestures.

The final goal of her/his work will be twofold: on the one hand, s/he will provide a fundamental support for the modeling of gesture synthesis (developed within a PhD thesis). On the other hand, the resulting recognition algorithms will be connected to the autonomous cognitive architecture providing information about the user’s gestural behavior; such data will be used to determine the virtual human’s response during the interaction with a real user.

In collaboration with the research team involved in the project, the candidate will be responsible for writing articles related to her/his work.

Qualifications 

Candidates should have a PhD in Computer Science, Robotics or an equivalent field. Experience and skills in motion tracking, gesture analysis and cognitive sciences will be well appreciated, as well as the ability to work both independently and in team.

The European Center for Virtual Reality

The CERV laboratory is part of the UMR-CNRS (French National Research Center) LAB-STICC. It consists of about 30 researchers with backgrounds in Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Science and Psychology. Main topics are virtual reality, artificial autonomous behavior, natural interaction and enactive cognitive sciences. CERV will provide a rich and dynamic intellectual environment for a gesture analysis oriented postdoc.

Brest

Brest is a mid-sized town of 150,000 residents nestled in the natural Brest roadstead, at the west end of Brittany. Important harbor and second French military port, Brest possesses also several Educational Institutes, like Grandes Ecoles and top-level Universities, museums and Le Quartz, a very well known National Theater.

In addition to its scientific, scholarly and cultural strengths, Brest boasts outstanding recreational activities. Its residents may have an easy access to climbing, sailing, fishing, biking and swimming. Even a simple walk along the seaside becomes a unique experience thanks to the breathtaking landscape.

More information can be found here: www.brest.fr and www.brest-metropole-tourisme.fr

Application

Interested applicants can send a CV, a statement of research interests, and a list of at least three references (with email addresses) to: deloor@enib.fr and nedelec@enib.fr.

Beginning

September 2012

Duration

20 Month

Monthly net salary

2062 €

Phd Position: Cognitive Architecture for a bodily coupling between human and virtual creature

Subject: Cognitive Architecture for a bodily coupling between human and virtual creature.

Supervisor: Pierre De Loor

Co-supervisors: Elisabetta Bevacqua and Cédric Buche

The aim of this PhD Thesis consists in developing a cognitive architecture able to reproduce the dynamics of the coupling between two humans during a bodily interaction. Various phenomena such as synchrony, imitation and subtle behavioral variations that emerge in human interactions are taken into account. The final goal is the real-time animation of a virtual character during the interaction with a user. Different contexts (like sport, theater, education…) will be considered.

The work of this thesis is divided into two main parts. The first part aims to define and implement a well-suited architecture. The second part consists in evaluating the credibility of the autonomous virtual character and the first person experience of users while interacting with it.

This thesis will be developed within a collaborative project funded by the French National Agency. The project, called INGREDIBLE, includes 3 important French Computer Science Labs (2 CNRS Labs and 1 IRISA Lab). During this project, the applicant will work in an emulative (a very dynamic and heterogeneous) environment, including researchers, other PhD students, Engineers and Postdoc students, with backgrounds in Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Science and Psychology. The successful candidate will also interact closely with Human Science researchers, who are involved in the project.

The work will be realized at the European Center for Virtual Reality (CERV), a very well-known lab, specialized in autonomous behavior modeling and human/system interaction. More precisely, the thesis will be developed within the Lab-STICC. Associated labs are LIMSI (Interaction analysis), IRISA/UBS (gesture synthesis) and the Virtualys Company.

The European Center for Virtual Reality

The CERV laboratory is part of the UMR-CNRS (French National Research Center) LAB-STICC. It consists of about 30 researchers with backgrounds in Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Science and Psychology. Main topics are virtual reality, artificial autonomous behavior, natural interaction and enactive cognitive sciences. CERV will provide a rich and dynamic intellectual environment for a gesture analysis oriented postdoc.

Brest

Brest is a mid-sized town of 150,000 residents nestled in the natural Brest roadstead, at the west end of Brittany. Important harbor and second French military port, Brest possesses also several Educational Institutes, like Grandes Ecoles and top-level Universities, museums and Le Quartz, a very well known National Theater.

In addition to its scientific, scholarly and cultural strengths, Brest boasts outstanding recreational activities. Its residents may have an easy access to climbing, sailing, fishing, biking and swimming. Even a simple walk along the seaside becomes a unique experience thanks to the breathtaking landscape.

More information can be found here: www.brest.fr and www.brest-metropole-tourisme.fr

Application

Interested applicants can send a CV, a statement of research interests, and a list of at least two references (with email addresses) to: deloor@enib.fr

Beginning

September 2012

Monthly net salary

1371  €

Professor Position in Computer Science

Research profile:

The candidate will join the IHSEV research team of the Lab-STICC (UMR CNRS) Laboratory at the European Center for Virtual Reality (www.cerv.fr). This lab needs a senior researcher expert in virtual reality. The researches focus on autonomous agent interacting with users.

Key words:

  • Virtual reality
  • Virtual characters
  • Autonomous Behavior
  • Human Computer Interaction

Contact:

Pierre De Loor, Head of the IHSEV Team : deloor@enib.fr
Alexis Nédélec, Head of the Computer Sciences Department of ENIB : nedelec@enib.fr

Assistant Professor Position

Research profile:

The candidate will join the IHSEV research team of the Lab-STICC (UMR CNRS) Laboratory at the European Center for Virtual Reality (www.cerv.fr). This lab needs a researcher in human/computer interactions: Analysis and synthesis of complex interactions, use of metaphor or on multimodality to interact in a virtual environment.

Key words:

  • Virtual reality
  • Human-system Interaction
  • Interaction Analysis
  • Interaction Synthesis

Contact:

Pierre De Loor, Head of the IHSEV Team : deloor@enib.fr
Alexis Nédélec, Head of the Computer Sciences Department of ENIB : nedelec@enib.fr