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Are you looking to shape the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and to develop yourself in the growing area of human-centric AI? Join us in this fully funded PhD project! In the next four years, our project will focus on developing cutting-edge techniques that enhance the transparency and performance of predictive models in scenarios involving sequential decision-making.
Are you looking to shape the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and to develop yourself in the growing area of human-centric AI? Join us in this fully funded PhD project! In the next four years, our project will focus on developing cutting-edge techniques that enhance the transparency and performance of predictive models in scenarios involving sequential decision-making. One example of such sequential decisions comes from the clinical context, where clinicians must make a series of decisions about treatment options as the condition of a cancer patient progresses. While explainable AI (XAI) and algorithm transparency has been one of the most popular areas in AI for some years, most of the works have focused on the relation to non-sequential predictions (e.g., image classification) while sequential decision-making problem is unexplored. In this project, you will address this research gap by aiming for two objectives:
1. Develop advanced prediction models that excel in scenarios of sequential decision-making by striking a delicate balance between predictive performance and transparency. Model performance will be evaluated with existing and potentially new data in an application domain of sequential decision-making (e.g., cancer treatment decisions).
2. Propose an innovative methodology for quantifying, measuring, and validating model explanations in collaboration with domain experts, ensuring the transparency and trustworthiness of AI-driven decisions. Efforts will also be made to understand the decision processes of the domain experts (e.g., clinicians) and to properly integrate the models and their interactions with them into their working context.
The project will follow a human-centered perspective and takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines machine learning, behavioral sciences, and human-centered design. Therefore, you will be supervised by a team of experts from both the Information System group (Dr. Isel Grau, Dr Pieter Van Gorp) and the Human-Technology Interaction group (Dr. Chao Zhang) at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences. The project is also embedded in the EU-funded project 'ENFIELD: European Lighthouse to Manifest Trustworthy and Green AI', where TU/e is leading to push the boundaries of human-centric AI. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with an international team of experts and broaden your network within the project consortium.
As a PhD candidate in this project, you are expected to conduct top-tier scientific research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and present at international conferences. You will also actively manage and coordinate the Human Centric AI pillar in the ENFIELD project, demonstrating project management skills and collaborating with international experts. Furthermore, you will have access to TU/e's PhD-level courses and relevant summer schools. This comprehensive experience covering the human and technical side of AI will make you a sought-after researcher for both universities and AI companies upon completing your defense.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
- A master's degree (or equivalent) in computer science, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, or a related field.
- Strong programming skills in languages such as Python and R.
- Solid background in machine learning techniques.
- Familiarity with interpretability and explainability techniques for machine learning models is a plus.
- Affinity with behavioral sciences and willingness to learn relevant behavioral research methods (e.g., conducting user experiments to evaluate your system, interviewing domain experts, etc.).
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a diverse, interdisciplinary team.
- Strong willingness to actively contribute to project management and coordination.
- Professional proficiency in written and spoken English.
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
- Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
- Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
- A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
- High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
- An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
- An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
- A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.