Project WHIM - 1 postdoctoral research position available

The European project WHIM ("The What-If Machine") investigates the 
following model for creative idea generation: (a) collect and analyse 
some information about a domain, to form a shallow world view of that 
domain (b) form a set of what-if style ideas from the analysis using 
notions of surprise, semantic tension and incongruity (c) assess, rank 
and select ideas based on the quality and quantity of narratives that 
can be generated using each idea, and (d) use the world view, idea and 
narratives in linguistic renderings, taking into account notions of 
relevancy, expansion, obfuscation and affect.

In the frame of this project, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (NIL 
research group) will undertake the following two tasks: generating a set 
of conceptually-described narratives for each what-if style idea 
suggested by the What-If Machine, and developing metrics for 
establishing the relative quality of a given instance of such narratives.

One postdoctoral research position is available to work in this project. 
The position is for a full-time postdoctoral researcher with annual 
salary 42,800 euro. The positions are for one year, with the possibility 
of renewal for a further two years, starting from 27th January 2014.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD degree and a first degree in 
Computer Science or related field. They should have research experience 
in computational treatment of narrative, knowledge representation, 
natural language generation, and Java programming. Additional experience 
in planning, agents, case-based reasoning, grammars and/or web services 
will be considered a plus.

Candidates will be expected to take up significant responsibilities in 
the tasks of narrative generation and narrative evaluation.

Other merits and aspects are clarified in the call (in Spanish):

The description of the position is listed there under the code WHIM 
Grant agreement no: 611560. The application period will close on 
November 21st, and candidates should follow the call instructions. The 
instance and regulations (in Spanish) can be found in:

More info and FAQ (Spanish):

For further details and clarifications, contact

Gonzalo Méndez Pozo

Received on Monday, 18 November 2013 14:03:45 UTC