Jobs: Post Doc Fellowship in Multimodal Interaction : Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

Alexis Nasr alexis.nasr at LINGUIST.JUSSIEU.FR
Thu Sep 26 16:16:08 UTC 2002

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Post Doctoral Fellowship in Multimodal Interaction: Integrating Language
into a virtual environment

LOCATION: CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences
                Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

SALARY RANGE: A$52K - A$66K + superannuation


We are seeking to appoint a high-calibre Postdoctoral Research Fellow to
work in a new exciting project, within a multidisciplinary team, to develop
advanced multimodal natural interface technologies for effective skills
training. The aim of this project is to integrate language into a haptic
workbench to create a new learning environment.

The position is located at North Ryde in Sydney, Australia.

Recent advances in new technologies such as virtual environments and natural
language generation offer many new opportunities for experientially based
training. In particular, immersive environments that incorporate haptic and
audio interface components show great promise at being highly effective and
efficient in many application domains. Ideally, though, a training
environment should include a tightly integrated combination of modalities
and media for input as well as output. This fellowship will examine this
goal and aim to demonstrate the training effectiveness of employing a
tightly integrated set of advanced natural interface technologies. A
particular focus of the work will be the addition of language to the
hapto-audio-visual training environment, to provide multimodal instruction
and feedback.

The successful applicant will have a recent PhD in human computer
interaction, computational linguistics or a related discipline. Demonstrable
research skills in natural language technologies or computer graphics will
be advantageous and a proven ability to program in C++, Python, and Lisp
highly desirable.  The fellowship offers a great opportunity to collaborate
with scientists from CSIRO research teams studying virtual environments,
intelligent interactive technologies, and telecollaboration. A comprehensive
3 year development plan will be provided ensuring that over the period of
the fellowship you will develop skills, partnerships and networks, which are
valued both within CSIRO and industry.


CSIRO is the leading National Research Institute in Australia. The
Mathematical & Information Sciences Division of CSIRO specialises in
research in IT, mathematics and statistics, to benefit Australian industry.

For details see:

TENURE: 3 Years

CSIRO Web site:
Also see

CLOSING DATE: 27 September 2002

CONTACT: For more information, contact Cécile Paris (ph: +61 2 9325 3160,
mailto:Cecile.Paris at or Graham Reynolds (ph: +61 2 6216 7009,
mailto:Graham.Reynolds at

Nathalie Colineau
Research Scientist
CSIRO - Mathematical and Information Sciences
Intelligent Interactive Technology
Locked Bag 17, North Ryde NSW 1670, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9325 3151
Fax:     +61 2 9325 3200

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