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Vacature Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - PhD position Modelling the evolution of theory of mind (1,0 fte) HRS4R

PhD position Modelling the evolution of theory of mind (1,0 fte)

Specificaties - (uitleg)

Locatie Groningen
FunctietypesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Uren 38,0 uren per week
Salaris maximaal € 2612
Werk-/denkniveauUniversity Graduate
Vacaturenummer 210247
Vertalingen
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/5427

Functiebeschrijving

The PhD position is available in the Multi-agent Systems Group in the Institute of Artificial Intelligence (ALICE) at the University of Groningen. The candidate will join the five-year Vici project of Prof. Rineke Verbrugge, comprising six researchers.

The Vici project 'Cognitive systems in interaction: Logical and computational models of higher-order social cognition'.

Software agents are capable of recursion in their social reasoning: A thinks about what B knows, about what B thinks that A knows, and so on. However, humans lose track of such reasoning after only two or three levels. If software agents work together with human team-mates, they need to take into account the limits of their social cognition.
In the Vici project, we investigate children's development and adults' limitations in applying higher-order reasoning, using a close-knit combination of empirical research and formal modelling. Whereas first-order social cognition has been intensely investigated, higher-order social cognition is far less well-understood. This Vici project aims to apply improved understanding of higher-order social reasoning to design realistic logics, ready for implementation in systems supporting mixed human-computer teams.

The PhD project: How did higher-order social cognition evolve?

Do animals have theory of mind, in other words, can they reason about knowledge and plans of others? Controversy abounds, because empirical evidence cannot distinguish use of theory of mind from simple associative learning from experience.
The PhD project focuses on the next step: the evolution of higher-order social cognition, supposedly only displayed by humans.
Based on a newly to be constructed computational agent-based modeling environment, the PhD student investigates whether explicit representation of higher-order mental states of others gives individuals an advantage over those who only use behavioral association and first-order attributions of mental states. Also, he/she studies the possible advantages of higher-order social cognition for team tasks. The costs of higher-order social cognition should be taken into account. Thus, the PhD student investigates several contexts and tasks in order to test plausible theories about the evolution of higher-order social cognition.

Functie-eisen

We seek an energetic PhD candidate to carry out this fundamental research project at the forefront of the interdisciplinary combination of cognitive science, logic, and artificial intelligence. The candidate has an MSc degree in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, logic or theoretical biology, with a strong interest and proven skills in agent-based modelling and / or game-theoretic models. Good analytical skills and a positive attitude towards interdisciplinary work are required. Objective of the 4 years position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a PhD thesis. Teaching duties of 10% of the time are foreseen, for example, supervision of master's theses. In exceptional cases, the position may also be filled as a postdoc position, for a period of around 2.5 years.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year. It is a temporary assignment for a period of 4 years. First you will get a temporary position of 1.5 years with the perspective of prolongation with another 2.5 years. After the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next two and a half years. The Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering (ALICE) at the University of Groningen provides a stimulating research environment, with good facilities and high quality training and teaching.

Start date: Autumn 2010.

Application
We would like to receive letters in English language, including a personal motivation, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three referees (including telephone number and e-mail address).

Please, also send an electronic copy of your application to: L.C.Verbrugge@rug.nl

Dienstverband: 48 maanden

Werkgever

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.
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PhD position Modelling the evolution of theory of mind (1,0 fte)

Specificaties - (uitleg)

Locatie Groningen
FunctietypesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Uren 38,0 uren per week
Salaris maximaal € 2612
Werk-/denkniveauUniversity Graduate
Vacaturenummer 210247
Vertalingen
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/5427

Functiebeschrijving

The PhD position is available in the Multi-agent Systems Group in the Institute of Artificial Intelligence (ALICE) at the University of Groningen. The candidate will join the five-year Vici project of Prof. Rineke Verbrugge, comprising six researchers.

The Vici project 'Cognitive systems in interaction: Logical and computational models of higher-order social cognition'.

Software agents are capable of recursion in their social reasoning: A thinks about what B knows, about what B thinks that A knows, and so on. However, humans lose track of such reasoning after only two or three levels. If software agents work together with human team-mates, they need to take into account the limits of their social cognition.
In the Vici project, we investigate children's development and adults' limitations in applying higher-order reasoning, using a close-knit combination of empirical research and formal modelling. Whereas first-order social cognition has been intensely investigated, higher-order social cognition is far less well-understood. This Vici project aims to apply improved understanding of higher-order social reasoning to design realistic logics, ready for implementation in systems supporting mixed human-computer teams.

The PhD project: How did higher-order social cognition evolve?

Do animals have theory of mind, in other words, can they reason about knowledge and plans of others? Controversy abounds, because empirical evidence cannot distinguish use of theory of mind from simple associative learning from experience.
The PhD project focuses on the next step: the evolution of higher-order social cognition, supposedly only displayed by humans.
Based on a newly to be constructed computational agent-based modeling environment, the PhD student investigates whether explicit representation of higher-order mental states of others gives individuals an advantage over those who only use behavioral association and first-order attributions of mental states. Also, he/she studies the possible advantages of higher-order social cognition for team tasks. The costs of higher-order social cognition should be taken into account. Thus, the PhD student investigates several contexts and tasks in order to test plausible theories about the evolution of higher-order social cognition.

Functie-eisen

We seek an energetic PhD candidate to carry out this fundamental research project at the forefront of the interdisciplinary combination of cognitive science, logic, and artificial intelligence. The candidate has an MSc degree in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, logic or theoretical biology, with a strong interest and proven skills in agent-based modelling and / or game-theoretic models. Good analytical skills and a positive attitude towards interdisciplinary work are required. Objective of the 4 years position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a PhD thesis. Teaching duties of 10% of the time are foreseen, for example, supervision of master's theses. In exceptional cases, the position may also be filled as a postdoc position, for a period of around 2.5 years.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year. It is a temporary assignment for a period of 4 years. First you will get a temporary position of 1.5 years with the perspective of prolongation with another 2.5 years. After the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next two and a half years. The Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering (ALICE) at the University of Groningen provides a stimulating research environment, with good facilities and high quality training and teaching.

Start date: Autumn 2010.

Application
We would like to receive letters in English language, including a personal motivation, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three referees (including telephone number and e-mail address).

Please, also send an electronic copy of your application to: L.C.Verbrugge@rug.nl

Dienstverband: 48 maanden

Werkgever

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

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