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The University of Reading is one of the top twenty research-intensive universities in the UK. The Intelligent Media Systems & Services Research Laboratory (IMSS, www.imss.reading.ac.uk) is an internationally well-established and dynamic group with a large and expanding portfolio of EU/DTI/MoD/EPSRC-funded research projects in strategic ICT fields and involving close alliances with world-class academic and industrial players in the UK and globally. IMSS Research is pushing forward the frontiers of advanced model-driven and service-oriented semantic-cognitive architectures as underpinned by agent technologies, middleware, ambient intelligence, and, multi-modal interfaces including virtual/augmented reality to realise smart and secure environments.

Intelligent Media Systems & Services Research Laboratory (www.imss.rdg.ac.uk)

Ambient Intelligence Research Group

School of Systems Engineering

University of Reading

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Pay grade: 6

Pay scale: £25134 - £ 30012 per annum ((subject to annual adjustment in accordance with national agreements)

The University of Reading is one of the top twenty research-intensive universities in the UK. The Intelligent Media Systems & Services Research Laboratory (IMSS, www.imss.reading.ac.uk) is an internationally well-established and dynamic group with a large and expanding portfolio of EU/DTI/MoD/EPSRC-funded research projects in strategic ICT fields and involving close alliances with world-class academic and industrial players in the UK and globally. IMSS Research is pushing forward the frontiers of advanced model-driven and service-oriented semantic-cognitive architectures as underpinned by agent technologies, middleware, ambient intelligence, and, multi-modal interfaces including virtual/augmented reality to realise smart and secure environments.

We are offering to self-motivated individuals with research leadership experience, the opportunity to work within a highly creative team, enjoy international collaborative research and present their work at centres of excellence in Europe and beyond.

You will have:

A PhD or Masters Degree qualification in Computer Science or in a closely associated discipline with software and systems engineering experience (exceptionally a 1st Class Honours Degree with a relevant final year project may be considered). Additionally candidates will have working knowledge of one of the 12 fields listed below as their specialist area:

1)Data Mining Technologies

· Data Mining,

· Linked Mining

· Data Warehousing

· Distributed Databases

· Machine Learning, CBR

2) Natural Language Processing

· Dialogue Management

· Multi-modal Indexing

· Query support

3) Pattern Recognition & Optimisation

· Speech & Sound Recognition

· Speaker Recognition

· Image Recognition & Tracking

· Natural Algorithms & Adaptation( Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms)

4) Enterprise Systems Integration

· Enterprise Applications J2EE-based Integration and Client Server Technologies

· Semantic Workflow Integration

5) Semantic Service-oriented Systems

· Ontology Engineering,

· Semantic Web/Grid

· Web Services

· Profiles Repositories Management

· Agent-broker frameworks

· Dynamic Media Adaptation & Personalisation (MPEG 21 Standards)

· Metadata Standards such as XML, SOAP, .NET etc

· Adaptive Media Transcoding

6) 3D Modelling

· 3D Modelling,

· 3D Imaging, Reconstruction,

· Visualisation,

· Virtual Reality

· Augmented Reality

· Image Recognition & Motion Analysis

7) Access & Tagging Technologies

· ID Management

· RFID

8) Communications Technologies

· Wireless Technology

· Telecommunication Protocols

· Network Security

9) Embedded Systems:

· Embedded-systems designs encompassing both hardware and software aspects (e.g. VHDL programming, Memory controller interfaces such as SRAM, SDR and DDR).

· Experience of a range of parallel -programming techniques: parallel loops, loop-nest scheduling, parallel reduction, divide-and-conquer, pipelining, task-based parallelism

· Real-time processing and parallel decoding of telecommunication protocols.

· FPGA design tools experience.

· Sensor Networks

10) Rights Protection Technologies

· Digital Rights Management including Finger Printing, WaterMarking & relevant MPEG21 standards

11) Advanced Multi-modal Interfaces

· Affective interfaces

· Embedded Conversational Agents (ECAs-Avatars)

12) Forensic Computing

Successful candidates may have the opportunity to pursue a relevant PhD Programme of Research supported under the University staff fee-waiver framework.

For informal discussion and further information about the posts please contact the IMSS Director, Atta Badii by email (atta.badii@rdg.ac.uk) or phone 00 44 (0)118 378 7842

Further particulars and application form etc are available at www.reading.ac.uk/Jobs or telephone 00 44 (0)118 378 6771 (voicemail).

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