Improving Human-Agent Interaction Using EEG, Virtual Reality and the Interactive Brain Hypothesis
Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Improving Human-Agent Interaction Using EEG, Virtual Reality and the Interactive Brain Hypothesis” led by Dr Monica Pereira in the Department of Computer Science
Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).
You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.
Social interactions are complex, and researchers are yet to fully understand how to model naturalistic dyadic social interactions to develop emotionally intelligent computers. In this project, we will attempt to investigate whether the Interactive Brain Hypothesis (IBH) and electroencephalogram (EEG) can contribute to the development of a more naturalistic interaction between humans and embodied conversational agents by better understanding the underlying neural processes involved in social interactions.
Please contact Dr Monica Pereira at email@example.com to find out more.
You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in computer science, Psychology or Social-Neuroscience. A postgraduate masters degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Skills and Experience
You should have an interest in social neuroscience and demonstrate a willingness to learn programming and electroencephalography (EEG). You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.
How to apply
Email the documents below as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16:00 on Friday 3 June 2022.Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.
- Your up-to-date CV;
- Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;
- Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
- Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;
- Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.
Interviews will take place in June 2022.