Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (03/04/2013 03.24)

Recognizing emotions in animated characters

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The research fellow will be responsible for designing and running, in collaboration with Prof. Massimo Poesio, experiments aimed at evaluating the faithfulness with which animated characters (avatars) display emotions, in the framework of the PESTO project. The fellow will also be expected to contribute to the redesign of the cognitive architecture driving these animated characters on the basis of the results of these experiments. Since the project is in collaboration with other researchers, the Fellow is required to have good social and interactive skill.

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Research Fields

Neurosciences - Other

Eligibility criteria

a)a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience or computational neuroscience or related disciplines, awarded by an Italian university or a formally recognized foreign university;

b)possession of the appropriate scientific and professional experience required to carry out the research described in article 1; for instance at least one paper published in the area of fMRI especially in the area of emotions;

c)extensive experience in the use of fMRI and the design of brain imaging experiments. A track record in the study of emotions and/or familiarity with EEG experiments and some experience with cognitive architectures such as SOAR or ACT-3 highly desirable.

d)advanced experience with Matlab enabling the fellow to carry out the analysis in an independent fashion;

e)an advanced level of competence in English

Selection process

The selection procedure will consist in verifying each candidate’s previous education, experience and approach to research, and in making a comparative assessment of all candidates’ research profiles, scientific/professional curricula and qualifications.

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageExperienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Maximum duration of fellowship12
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Funding organisation / Contacts
Università degli Studi di Trento

Public research
Trento - Italy
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