[rule110] Research Position at the Center for Emergent Computing

  • From: "Martin Schneider" <martin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 16:04:30 +0200 (CEST)

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Napier University - Centre for Emergent Computing 

School of Computing

Research Associate/Research Fellow in Emergent Computing


Starting Salary £18,894 - £28,279 per annum

This is a unique opportunity for researchers in the field of emergent
computation to play their part in an exciting project to build a large
scale evolving artificial society, capable of exploring its virtual world
and developing its own view of that world. The "New and Emergent World
models Through Individual, Evolutionary, and Social Learning" (NEW TIES)
Project is funded by the European Commission and includes five partners
from around Europe.

The long-term target is to learn how to design agents that are able to adapt
autonomously to, and then operate effectively in, environments whose
features are not known in advance. It is hope that the large-scale nature
of the project will allow the emergence of "culture".

The main pillars of the envisioned research are world models and the
learning mechanisms generating these. The "emergence engine" will be
realized by a combination of evolutionary learning, individual leaning,
and social learning.

In order to obtain the expected emergent features, we shall work on a very
large scale with respect to the size of the agent population and agent
complexity. The computational power will be achieved using a large-scale
peer-to-peer infrastructure. The development of this infrastructure (using
existing systems) will be one of the tasks of the successful candidate.

You should possess a PhD. in an appropriate discipline  (or have
equivalent research experience)  and should be an experienced programmer.
Experience of programming evolutionary, agent or peer-to-peer systems is

Further information about the project can be found at

Applicants are expected to have reviewed this web site, including Annex 1
of the contract.
Application forms and further particulars are available from:

Cheryl Thomson
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Napier University, 10 Colinton Road
Edinburgh, EH10 5DT
e-mail: c.thomson (at) napier.ac.uk
tel. +44 (0)131 455 2602.

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact:

Ben Paechter
e-mail:  b.paechter (at) napier.ac.uk
tel. +44 (0)131 455 2764.

Closing Date: 12th July 2004

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