[PhD position Plymouth University] Computational Model of Negotiation Skills in Artificial Agents

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 15:38

A PhD position, with associated studentship, is available at Plymouth University within the Centre of Robotics and Neural Systems, School of Computing and Mathematics.

Project Description

The research is part of the new EU-EACEA funded project ENACT: Enhancing Negotiation skills through on-line Assessment of Competencies and interactive mobile Training.

The PhD student will carry out research and computational experiments for the design and implementation of a computational model of negotiation skills based on psychological models. The computational model will serve two fundamental functions within the project: (a) the computational system will govern the behaviour of an artificial agent that will interact with a human user; and (b) the computational system will govern the activities of an artificial intelligent tutor that will provide the basis for the automatic assessment of the user’s negotiation skills.

The work will be done in close collaboration with experimental and occupational psychologists for the selection and the operationalization of the psychological model that will be implemented for the project.


Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a high grade Bachelors or, preferably, Masters Degree in, Cognitive Science, Computer Science (with human-computer interaction focus), Psychology, or related disciplines. The candidate must have a keen interest in computer technologies and cognitive modelling and a strong motivation to perform research and work in collaboration with experts on different disciplines. Previous experience with human-computer interaction experiments or artificial intelligence in games is desirable. Awareness of research methods and experimental psychology methodologies is essential.
For further information on the project or for an informal discussion, please contact Dr Davide Marocco at davide.marocco@plymouth.ac.uk. Details about Plymouth University can be found at www.plymouth.ac.uk.

For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/postgraduate. Applicants should send a completed application form with copies of their qualifications and transcripts, two academic references, English Language qualification (if appropriate), a covering letter and a CV to Mrs Carole Watson, Room A425 Portland Square, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA or via email to scienvresearch@plymouth.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 14th March 2014.
Expected starting date will the 1st April 2014.