Wednesday, October 26, 2016

[DMANET] PhD position in optimization in human-computer interaction at Aalto University

Doctoral Candidate in Applications of Optimization and Data Sciences in
Human-Computer Interaction
Aalto University, Finland

We are looking for a doctoral candidate to join cutting-edge research in
an exciting new area of human-computer interaction: computational design
of interaction, and in particular 1) automatic UI generation using machine
learning or optimization or 2) data-driven design of web interfaces. The
successful candidate will focus on the methods and principles of real-time
computational generation and refinement of user interfaces for the benefit
of people. The User Interfaces group, headed by Assoc. Prof. Antti
Oulasvirta and funded by the European Research Council (ERC), is a leading
group in the area of modeling and optimization of user interface designs.
It has a strong track record in the top venues of HCI, including CHI,
UIST, and IUI. The group has previously studied the principles of
computational design of keyboards, menu systems, gestural interaction,
interaction techniques, information search, and interaction design.


Applicants with a strong academic record in any of the four following
topic areas are requested to apply:

1. optimization or operations research; 2. machine learning, for example
Bayesian inference or deep learning, with
applications to interactive systems; 3. neurosciences, especially
neurocomputational modeling and
neural computing; 4. Web technologies, especially web UI technologies and
their real-time adaptation

A Master's degree in computer science, electrical engineering,
neurosciences, cognitive science, or a related area is required. The
position is fully funded for 4 years. Salary starts at around 2,600
EUR/month and increases with merits such as publications.

How to apply

Please send your application as a single PDF file at earliest convenience
by November 5, 2016 through the recruitment system via "Apply for this
job" link below. The application should include 1) a one page statement of
interest, 2) academic CV, 3) course transcripts from Master's and
Bachelor's with grades, and 4) names and contact information of two
recommenders. Review of the applications will start on November 5, 2016.

Apply for this job at

For more information

For further information, please contact the Associate Professor Antti
Oulasvirta ( , HR Coordinator Anne Petroff
(application process, practical arrangements).
Research group homepage:

About Aalto University and Living in Finland

Aalto University offers an ambitious and lively environment with top-class
research efforts in computer science and electrical engineering. The
university was founded in 2010 as Helsinki University of Technology, the
Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki
were merged. Aalto University focuses on four key research areas: ICT and
digitalisation, Materials and sustainable use of natural resources, Global
business dynamics and Art and design knowledge building. The main campus
is located in Otaniemi in Espoo, Finland. The other campuses are in Töölö
and Arabia in Helsinki. The university consistently ranks high in
evaluations of computer science and electrical engineering research in the
world. MIT ranked Aalto University among the 5 rising stars in the world
in its comparison of 200 universities. According to OECD, Finland ranks
high in measures of well-being and is at the top in education and skills,
and above average in most dimensions: jobs and earnings, environmental
quality, subjective well-being, personal security, social connections,
housing and work-life balance.

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