Tuesday, July 4, 2017

[DMANET] PhD Position(s) in Social Choice at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

At least one PhD position is available, supported by a scholarship that
includes a monthly stipend and tuition fees, with the "Biased Games in
Social Choice" project at the School of Computer Science and Engineering
(SCSE) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
PhD starting date is either January 2018 or August 2018.

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Biased Games in Social Choice

Game Theory is applied in the field of Social Choice, which deals with
opinion aggregation to select an alternative reasonably acceptable by a
community, to analyse the effects of strategic expressions by community
members. An example of such strategic expression is a candidate in a
political election that withdraws from the race to ensure the victory of
another candidate. Game Theoretical analysis allows to formally capture and
analyse the range of possible outcomes of such behaviours.

In the "Biased Games in Social Choice" project, a particular flavour of
behaviours is investigated where a player's benefit from any opinion
expression is offset, i.e. biased. E.g., to maintain the ostensible party
unity, a political candidate would rather not run at all, than compete
against anohter party member and lose. The project will concentrate on
seeking real world human-like biases in Social Choice domains and capturing
them in game theoretic models.

The School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) is part of the
College of Engineering at NTU, and offers a range of highly competitive


SCSE is home to a wide range of research expertise, from Computer Vision to
Machine Learning, and from Big-Data to Multi-Agent Systems. Represented by
more than a hundred faculty members, this comprises a most versatile and
rich environment for AI-related research with strong impact on the field.


In fact, according to the Times Higher Education, NTU is ranked 3rd
world-wide in terms of AI research citation impact.


We are looking for excellent applicants with a Bachelor or Master degree in
Computer Science, Mathematics or another related field, who are motivated
to carry out world leading research. Knowledge in one or more of the
following areas is preferred: Computational Artificial Intelligence,
Computational Game Theory, Discrete Mathematics and Combinatoric Methods.
Good communication skills and English language proficiency are a necessity.
Natural applicant intelligence and humour are mandatory.

The deadline for applications in 31st of July 2017
Please use _both_ of the following two simple steps:
1) Notify the project's PI: Asst/P Svetlana (Lana) Obraztsova via
2) Use the on-line application system at

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