Overview

The research group Human Media Interaction of the University of Twente is looking for a PhD candidate to work on adaptive text generation in the context of the Data2Game project. The goal of the PhD research is to generate natural language texts in Dutch, for use in a training game for Dutch firefighters. The texts will be adaptive in the sense that they will be tailored to the player?s individual needs and competences.

The position is full-time for four years. Starting date is as soon as possible.

THE PROJECT

Data2Game is a new project, funded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim of the project is to investigate how, and to what extent, the efficacy of computerised training games can be enhanced by tailoring the training scenarios to the individual player. The research outcomes will be implemented and validated in a training game for the regional fire department (Brandweer Twente) that will be developed in close collaboration with the company Thales/T-Xchange.

Within Data2Game, the PhD candidate will be working on adaptive text generation: developing methods for the automatic generation of texts for use in the training game. These texts will be adapted to the game play context and to the properties of the individual player. The type of narrative game targeted in our project offers multiple opportunities for such tailoring of textual game content. Specifically, the goal is to work on the generation of in-game texts based on current real-world data, the generation of non-player character dialogue and the generation of post-game narrative feedback on player performance.

The PhD candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team together with two other PhD candidates, who will be working on player modelling and game-based learning respectively. In addition, the PhD candidate will be collaborating closely with the project team from Thales/T-Xchange. This will involve monthly meetings on location at Thales.

PHD POSITION ON ADAPTIVE TEXT GENERATION

The research group Human Media Interaction of the University of Twente is looking for a PhD candidate to work on adaptive text generation in the context of the Data2Game project. The goal of the PhD research is to generate natural language texts in Dutch, for use in a training game for Dutch firefighters. The texts will be adaptive in the sense that they will be tailored to the player?s individual needs and competences.

The position is full-time for four years. Starting date is as soon as possible.

THE PROJECT

Data2Game is a new project, funded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim of the project is to investigate how, and to what extent, the efficacy of computerised training games can be enhanced by tailoring the training scenarios to the individual player. The research outcomes will be implemented and validated in a training game for the regional fire department (Brandweer Twente) that will be developed in close collaboration with the company Thales/T-Xchange.

Within Data2Game, the PhD candidate will be working on adaptive text generation: developing methods for the automatic generation of texts for use in the training game. These texts will be adapted to the game play context and to the properties of the individual player. The type of narrative game targeted in our project offers multiple opportunities for such tailoring of textual game content. Specifically, the goal is to work on the generation of in-game texts based on current real-world data, the generation of non-player character dialogue and the generation of post-game narrative feedback on player performance.

The PhD candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team together with two other PhD candidates, who will be working on player modelling and game-based learning respectively. In addition, the PhD candidate will be collaborating closely with the project team from Thales/T-Xchange. This will involve monthly meetings on location at Thales.

Company:

University of Twente

Qualifications:

We seek a PhD candidate with a background in a relevant discipline, such as Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science (with a specialization in language technology), or another related area.

The PhD candidate has a (Research) Master?s degree in one of these areas, a strong interest in doing research, excellent professional communication and team working skills, and a good command of both Dutch and English. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have good programming skills, and to have experience with developing natural language applications.

Educational level:

Master Degree

How to apply:

Please mention NLP People as a source when applying

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, upload the following information via the application link below:
– Motivation letter,
– Curriculum Vitae,
– Copy of the university grade list,
– Contact information of two academic references.

Apply online via:

https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/1155511

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