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Research Assistant in Machine Learning for Adaptive  Multimodal Interaction


The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences specialises in computer science, mathematics and actuarial mathematics and statistics. Our courses are designed to meet the needs of students and their future employers, offering the highest degree of flexibility and choice within the wide range of topics available. The School enjoys an international reputation for its research and its close connection with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology, reflecting the importance that the University attaches to the quality of its teaching, research and student support.

Job Description

The Research Assistant will work on the EC FP7 Projects SPACEBOOK and JAMES to investigate, develop, and evaluate data-driven Machine Learning approaches to Adaptive Multimodal Interaction.  In particular we seek a candidate with experience in Automatic Belief Compression methods in POMDP models for Spoken Interaction.


The post will be located in the Interaction Lab at Heriot Watt University's School of Mathematics and Computer Science (MACS), see The successful candidate will join a group of 15 postdoctoral researchers.


The projects involve collaborations between Heriot-Watt University and the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Umea, Bielefeld, Valencia, Catalonia, FORTH (Greece), KTH (Sweden) and companies in Barcelona, Italy, Germany, and Sweden.


The post is available immediately, until February 2014 in the first instance, with opportunities for extension.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Detailed research duties are to implement and evaluate methods for Automatic Belief Compression in POMDP models for Spoken and Multimodal Interaction,  and to collect and analyse multimodal HCI data. The successful applicant will also present the research outputs at project meetings and international conferences.

 The main duties of the post are to perform collaborative research on the above-named EC FP7 projects, to contribute to EC deliverables and research publications, to write and submit research articles, and to participate in EC project research meetings and international conferences.


Key Objectives:

-        To implement and evaluate methods for Automatic Belief Compression in POMDP models for Spoken and Multimodal Interaction.

-        To collect and analyse multimodal interaction data.

-        To complete EC project deliverables as specified in the project Technical Annexes.

Lecturer/Reader/Professor (2012 onwards):

The Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University is recruiting exceptional individuals to help us build on our areas as world-class research activity, as well as grow new activity in areas of strategic importance.

We will consider applicants at all levels (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor), and we would expect that any applicant is clearly a leader, or potential leader, in their research area, with a recent track record of significant achievements in terms of published work and funding.

Applicants may fit within our current research groupings (see our our research areas), or may display significant strength in other areas of computer science.

How to apply / closing dates

If you are interested, please submit a short CV in the first instance to Professor David Corne (MACS Director of Research) and to Prof O Lemon

This opportunity will keep rolling as we recruit up to 3 new academics per year, but we want to hear from you sooner rather than later. Please contact us now!