Research Fellow in Human-Agent Planning

Melbourne, Australia
28 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Computing and Information Systems
Melbourne School of Engineering

Salary: $69,148* - $93,830 p.a. (*PhD entry Level A.6 $87,415) plus 9.5% superannuation

The School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne is seeking a full-time Research Fellow to conduct leading-edge research and development in artificial intelligence techniques applicable to human-agent teams. The goal of the project is to advance the state-of-the-art in collaborative planning and explanation in human-agent scenarios, with a specific focus on planning in unpredicted situations. You will work primarily with Dr Tim Miller and Professor Liz Sonenberg from the School of Computing and Information Systems, Associate Professor Piers Howe from the School of Psychological Sciences, and other staff members in the laboratory (Associate Professor Adrian Peace, Dr Nir Lipovetsky). The position is full-time fixed-term for 2 years.

The project is in conjunction with our research partners at Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group), and forms part of DST Group’s Tyche Special Research Initiative (SRI) into trusted autonomy. The role will involve investigation of automated reasoning techniques for robust collaborative planning under uncertainty in a range of applications, and explanations of candidate plans to human team members. The candidate should be prepared for occasional interstate travel, as the research is conducted in close collaboration with our research partners.

The successful candidate will be part of a team that works collaboratively on all aspects of the project, from concepts, theoretical underpinning and design, through implementation and experimentation, and publication of results. Primary responsibilities will involve the development of novel planning and reasoning mechanisms for collaborative human-agent planning and for automated explanations of these plans, as well as experimental evaluation and publication. The successful candidate will be in the School of Computing and Information Systems in the Melbourne School of Engineering and will be expected to be an active member of the School, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research by prior negotiation with the research team.

The Melbourne School of Engineering is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

The University plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this, the School is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce across engineering disciplines. Under a Special Measure, under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) the School is seeking to lift the representation of women from 20% in 2014 to at least 25% over the next 5 years, and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

Close date: 23 Jul 2017

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