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PhD position on Adaptive Text Generation in a serious gamePosted by: University of Twente (UT)
Posted date: 2017-Aug-01
The research group Human Media Interaction of the University of Twente is looking for a PhD candidate to join the new project Data2Game, funded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
The Data2Game project investigates how, and to what extent, the efficacy of computerised training games can be enhanced by tailoring the training scenarios to the individual player. The research is aimed at achieving three concrete research innovations, corresponding to three subprojects: (1) techniques for the automated generation of in-game narratives that are tailored to the individual player, (2) techniques for the automated modelling of players’ cognitive and affective states, based on in-game data and exhibited social signals, and (3) validated studies on the relation of the player behaviour and game properties to learning performance. The research outcomes will be implemented and validated in a training game for the regional fire department (Brandweer Twente) that will be developed within the project in close collaboration with the company Thales/T-Xchange.
The PhD candidate will work on subproject 1 on adaptive text generation. Within this subproject, the PhD candidate will be investigating the automatic generation of texts for use in a training game for Dutch firefighters. These texts will be adapted to the game play context and to the properties of the individual player. The type of narrative game targeted in our project offers multiple opportunities for such tailoring of textual game content. Specifically, the goal is to work on the generation of in-game texts based on current real-world data, the generation of non-player character dialogue and the generation of post-game narrative feedback on player performance.
The PhD candidate is expected to work in an interdisciplinary team with two other PhD candidates, who will be working on subproject 2 (player modelling) and subproject 3 (game-based learning). In addition, the PhD candidate will be collaborating closely with the project team from Thales/T-Xchange. This will involve monthly meetings on location at Thales.
We seek a PhD candidate with a background in a relevant discipline, such as Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science (with a specialization in language technology), or another related area.
Information and application:
To apply, upload the following information via the application link below:
- Motivation letter,
Conditions of employment
You will have a full-time (38 hours a week) contract spanning a period of 4 years. The monthly salary ranges from € 2.222,00 (1st year) to € 2.840,00 (4th year), plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%). PhD candidates have a full status as an employee at the University of Twente, including pension and health care benefits. Terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO).
The University of Twente offers excellent working conditions in a stimulating scientific environment; professional and personal development programs; a green and lively campus, with many sports facilities and other activities.
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