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PhD position A cognitive system supporting intelligent interaction (1,0 fte)
Specificaties - (uitleg)
|Functietypes||PhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation|
|Uren||38,0 uren per week|
|Salaris||maximaal € 2612|
|About employer||University of Groningen|
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?
The PhD student implements a proof-of-concept cognitive system to support teams consisting of human beings as well as software agents and robots. Specifically, the system supports a team when it needs the higher-order social cognition during planning.
During team planning, the cognitive system will support agents while they negotiate about how sub-tasks and resources will be divided. They use interest-based negotiation, for example during the integrative phase of 'expanding the pie', where agents jointly inquire into possibilities for mutual gain.
Based on results about human reasoning processes in higher-order theory of mind, the PhD student models the users in order to provide appropriate training and support. The performance of the system will be compared to that of existing negotiation agents that do not take higher-order social reasoning into account. The PhD student tests the system on some case studies of human-computer teamwork.
Start date: Autumn 2010.
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
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences