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The Tilburg Algorithm Observatory (TAO) at the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. candidate interested in online security, privacy, and algorithmic monitoring in particular.
Our research aims to understand how algorithms influence society by biasing the information we are exposed to when interacting with, for example, social media, e-commerce websites, and search engines. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Chris Emmery (daily supervisor), Dr. Henry Brighton (daily supervisor and promotor) and Prof. Dr. Marie Šafář (promotor).
Your work will involve extending and maintaining our existing monitoring software, designing new methods to collect data, conducting analyses, and writing up research for publication. As part of a young research group conducting research in a largely uncharted field with high societal relevance, there is much potential to have substantial impact within the academic community and beyond.
A successful Ph.D. candidate should preferably have:
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Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.
The Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence department (DCA, https://csai.nl/) at Tilburg University is part of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD). The department is partially housed on Tilburg University campus (Dante Building) and in the Deprez building (near Tilburg central station) as member of MindLabs. We maintain a close collaboration with the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. We are member of the Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence (BNVKI), participate in the Special Interest Group for AI (SIG AI), contributed to the Dutch AI Manifesto, and participate in the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE).
The research group offers a vibrant international environment consisting of about 70 researchers that cover a broad range of topics relevant for cognitive science and artificial intelligence. Core research domains include cognitive science, machine learning, deep learning, games, virtual reality, computational psycholinguistics, brain-computer interfaces, robotics, cognitive modeling of language, computational linguistics, educational technologies, computational modeling of evolutionary and adaptive systems, image and signal processing, with a strong emphasis on quantitative methods.
Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB, Tilburg
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