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Positions at OFAI: Educational simulation games design&implementation

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Paolo Petta <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 20 Mar 2006 13:58:24 +0100

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Research Positions at OFAI

The Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI),
Vienna, Austria (EU), invites applications for
one Researcher and one Senior Researcher position
in its Intelligent Agents and New Media Group,
in the area of educational simulation games.

Candidates with a degree in computer science should be experienced
in educational simulation game design and development, and skilled in
computational modeling and implementation of mission scenarios
(management of models of users and autonomous characters, sharing of
dynamical information, branching narratives etc.). A particular
emphasis is placed on computational models of dynamics simulations of
cognition and behaviour of individuals, but also of groups and
influences, and of organisational and inter-organisational aspects
based on agent-oriented techniques; as well as on versatility
(proficiency in different computer languages and platforms) and rapid
prototyping skills.

The successful candidates will be employed in the context of the EU
Project L2C "Learning to Collaborate", coordinated by the Centre for
Advanced Learning Technologies (CALT) of INSEAD.  L2C addresses the
challenge of helping people in and across organisations and cultures
to learn how to collaborate effectively and develop appropriate
attitude and skills through a research-based 'learning-by-playing'
approach. L2C aims to demonstrate how technology-enhanced learning
using a new type of management simulations/games can contribute
significantly to the development of critical and complex competencies
in the domain of collaboration. The project is to provide a design
framework supporting focused and efficient development of such
edutainment products and services.

The appointed Senior Researcher will carry the overall responsibility
for this framework (to be developed in collaboration with other
project partners) for the design of effective technology-enhanced
learning solutions addressing collaboration dynamics and development
of competencies, and for its use to drive the design and
implementation of demonstration prototypes of Advanced Organisational
Simulation Games.  The framework will provide a flexible architecture
and guidelines to support game designers and educators in the
selection and integration of behavioural models and rules at the
levels of individual, team/network, and organisational and
inter-organisational dynamics and specificities.  A particular concern
will be to ensure the framework is not tied to any particular
implementation platform, and is open and suitable for the generation
of a broad range of simulation games (e.g., with and without
autonomous characters - see e.g. http://www.calt.insead.edu/eis/).

The appointed Researcher will support the Senior Researcher in the
definition and documentation of the design framework, the contribution
of simulation dynamics components, the use of the design framework to
select dynamics component and integrate them in a kernel, and the
delivery of easily deployable simulation-based collaborative learning
experiences to other partners.

The Senior Researcher candidate in particular should be experienced
coordinative work in the context of international/European research
projects, and proficient in transdisciplinary collaboration with domain
experts and end users for the design and development of efficient
solutions.

Fluent written and oral English language skills are expected; German
language skills are useful, but not mandatory.

The positions are to be filled ASAP. The contract will be for the
duration of the L2C project (until end of February 2008), with
possible continued employment beyond the end of the project.

The salaries depend on the education and experience of the candidates.

Please submit your application including a CV to Paolo Petta
(paolo.petta AT ofai.at)

More information on OFAI's Intelligent Agents and New Media Group can
be found at http://www.ofai.at/research/agents/
-- 
Paolo Petta                                         +43-1-5336112-12(Tel)
Austrian Research Inst. for Artificial Intelligence +43-1-5336112-77(Fax)
Freyung 6/6, A 1010 Vienna, Austria, Europe       Paolo.Petta <@> ofai.at

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