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[Commlist] PhD Opportunity in Information and Communication : Artificial Intelligence and Communication

Thu Oct 15 09:55:01 GMT 2020

*PhD Opportunity in Information and Communication Science*

We are looking for exceptional candidates for a PhD scholarship who are keen on exploring several research questions about *communication and learning issues in the artificial intelligence age.*

The candidate will be hosted by ELLIADD Lab, University of Franche-Comté, France.

Several IA tools show advances in the wide field of human communication : for instance, the Associated Press exploits AI-enabled solutions in the production and distribution of news (Marconi et al., 2017), news-writing programs create narratives from data that cannot be easily distinguished from human produced stories (Clerwall, 2014; Graefe et al., 2018), Springer edited the first AI-written book (2019, /Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research/), human beings can ask digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexato solve doubts or fill some knowledge gaps in (Pew Research Center, 2017; Guzman, 2018; Jones, 2014;) or ask Google human voice AI-agent to complete administrative tasks (Statt, 2018).

In the field of the communication research, these AI-technologies pose theoretical and methodological challenges. In fact, AI-devices and programs let users interact dynamically, according on the messages exchanged within a particular moment and context or upon the data being fed into the program. Moreover, people perceive humanized interfaces and robots as social partners distinct from humans but as social nonetheless (e.g. Edwards et al., 2016), and AI-devices can learn about their human communication partner and adjusting interactions accordingly.

AI-devices act as communicative tools and people perceive them as social actors.

For these reasons, research should think differently the design and the evaluation of human-machine communication settings under the light of AI-technologies possibilities and limits.

*Skills of the candidate*

To deal with these issues, the candidate should have a background in interaction design or communication science, computer science (machine and deep learning), psychology and human computer interaction or related areas. Knowledge and skills in computer science will very useful to develop a POC (Proof of Concept) to be tested.

The PhD application process is quite competitive, so we are looking for high motivated and capable students from any country.

*Practical Details*

To obtain further information, contact***(ioan.roxin /at/* <mailto:(ioan.roxin /at/>or *(federico.tajariol /at/* <mailto:(federico.tajariol /at/>


*Application Deadline and Process:**ASAP*

*Studentship period :* 3 years (November or December 2020 – October or November 2023)


*Academic Requirement:* Master degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate field (e.g. Information and Communication Science, Cognitive science, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science)

*Stipends:*  The net monthly wage**is about 1 400 euros for the duration of the PhD. A paid teaching activity is possible during this period.

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