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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral Fellowship on Virtual Agents, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the ArticuLab
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Justine Cassell, Charles H. Geschke Director, Human-Computer Interaction 

The ArticuLab at Carnegie Mellon University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. 
The ArticuLab is located in the School of Computer Science, which has 7 departments (including 
Robotics, ML, LTI, CSD, ISR, and the ETC). Current research in the ArticuLab addresses questions 
at the intersection of AI, computational linguistics, and human communication dynamics primarily 
through the development of Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs). For example, lab projects 
include a culturally-sensitive virtual peer that scaffolds inquiry-based science talk, and agents 
that use verbal and non-verbal communicative behaviors to obtain sensitive information. We are 
about to embark on an exciting new collaboration with the Entertainment Technology Center at CMU 
to make these agents engaging over long periods of time!

The postdoc will assist with development and evaluation of these ECAs, and should have a background
in one or more of the following: computer science, HCI, ECAs, computational linguistics, graphics, 
educational technology, or HRI. Strong computational skills and experience with agent architectures
(e.g. SmartBody, ECAT, NUMACK) and/or 3D environments (e.g. Unity, Panda3D, etc.) is desirable.

The research focus can adapt to the candidates interests. However, main goals include development 
of new agent architectures that support social interaction, improving the agents behavior models 
with machine learning, integrating sensors to automatically detect and produce non-verbal behaviors,
and developing new paradigms to allow children to author and control agents. Duties may include 
leading and executing the development of new technologies, analysis of data, and scientific 

The ideal candidate will quickly learn new skills, and will work well in a team of undergrad and 
graduate students, faculty, and staff in a fast-paced research environment. The candidate must 
possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to take a leadership role in mentoring 
students, maintaining relationships with local funders and colleagues, and participating in 
writing grants to support future work. 

Postdocs receive excellent mentoring from the faculty advisor as well as experience in overseeing 
all aspects of research. Previous postdocs have gone on to faculty positions in first-rate 

The position will open immediately, for one year with possibility of renewal. If interested, 
please send a CV, a brief statement explaining the nature of your interest and relevant experience,
and names and contact information for at least three references, to:

Dr. Amy Ogan