Postdoc Position in Socially Adaptive Behavior Support Agents

Delft University of Technology is offering postdoctoral associate position in applied mathematics. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty's excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

The department of Intelligent Systems (INSY) conceptualizes computer science methodologies to sense, abstract, learn, reason, elicitate and adapt data and their meaning in ways that respect human values in order to increase human effectiveness in well-being and social innovation. At the heart of the department is therefore the research and teaching in computer science theory, algorithms and solutions for information processing systems that support humans (e.g. robotics), new products (e.g. internet services), and science (e.g. biology).

The Interactive Intelligence group focuses on interaction of users with intelligent systems. In particular we have a strong track record on the development of smart interactive agents. Such agents possess capabilities including learning, reasoning, social skills, emotions, and norms and can interact with humans. These agents typically function as coach, artificial actor, or companion, and are used in a wide variety of applications including therapy, health and entertainment.

This position is part of the programme "Pride & Prejudice – Tackling chronic disease prevention through real-life monitoring and context-aware intervention design", which is financially supported by the 4TU federation (see!/84378/awarding_hightech/).

Central to the Pride & Prejudice programme is the combination of monitoring in real-life through sensors (food intake, physical activity and health parameters) with development of design interventions at different levels of the system (person, group, society), and evaluation of the (long-term) effectiveness of these combined interventions.

This position focuses on development of a behaviour support agent for helping people to make healthy choices about what they eat and to what extent they are physically active, in order to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Specifically, we investigate how we can design the agent such that it takes into account norms and values of the supported person as well as from important people in their social environment, such as nuclear families and caregivers. Moreover, we analyse how use of the support agent reorganizes self-perceptions, bodily experiences, and value frameworks regarding health and vitality. We will empirically investigate through user studies whether such norm- and value-aware interventions are more effective than those that do not take into account understanding of personal and social context.

  • excellent communication skills, both spoken and written Dutch and English; non-Dutch speakers should be willing and able to learn Dutch within the first year in order to be able to conduct user studies
  • you have an open mind and are inspired by the opportunity to contribute to shaping the digital society of the future
  • some expertise in or affinity with ethics of information technology is useful
The ideal candidate is interested in conducting applied research and has expertise both in AI/multi-agent systems as well as in human-computer interaction (HCI).Candidates without HCI background should be interested in and willing to acquire this expertise during the postdoc, as it comprises an important part of the research.

You will be part of the project team, which consists of experts in cognitive engineering and agent-based modelling, in particular Prof.dr. M.A. Neerincx, Prof. dr. C.M. Jonker, Dr. M.B. van Riemsdijk, and W.P. Brinkman

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Assistant Professor, email tel: +31 15 2786331.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Karin Reijenga, HR Advisor, email:

(2) A letter of applicaiton in which you explain both your motivation and the relevance of your skills and experience for this research project. The motivational letter should be on-topic; generic letters wil cause your applicaiton to be rejected immediately.

(3) a list of 3 (academic) references that we can contact.

(4) your PhD thesis in Englisch (or alternatively if your PhD thesis is not in Englisch, a 5 page sumary of your PhD thesis in English).

You can send thesedocumentsto When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2018-66.

This vacancy is available until position is filled, first deadline for applications is November 2nd 2018.


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