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New AI initative (multiple positions available)

cheston-tan – Posted on July 17, 2017 at 2:33 am –

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Employer: A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research)
  • Location: Singapore
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Who we are

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has embarked on a new major AI initiative. We are seeking exceptional researchers to expand our dynamic and multi-disciplinary AI team. Our team members have PhDs in computer science, information systems, psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience from CMU, NTU, NUS, MIT, Stanford, UCSD, UIUC, etc. We work on some of the most crucial, incredibly hard, and future-oriented problems in AI. We are building a nimble, team-oriented, startup-like environment with the backing and resources of A*STAR, Singapore’s national-level full-spectrum R&D organisation.

We are looking for a mix of people: researchers with top-notch publications, but who also bring something extra to the team:
-    Visionaries who can see beyond the current hype cycle
-    Innovators who have ideas for creating truly intelligent systems
-    Pathfinders who are not afraid to attempt high-risk-high-reward lines of research
-    Tinkerers who like to open the hood of state-of-the-art models and get their hands dirty
-    Engineers who want to design and build robust systems and scale them up for real-world problems

What we work on

The goal of our programme is to develop next-generation AI technologies that will enable machines to:
1) Learn like humans (as would a child from instruction, demonstration, or experience with a small number of examples)
2) Reason for humans (by being able to explain their reasoning, and to personalise recommendations based on their understanding of individual users)
3) Deeply understand humans (using knowledge of human needs/motivations, social/cultural norms and commonsense).

Our overarching technical approach is to combine various state-of-the art techniques with top-down knowledge. Briefly, our current research topics include:
-    Personalised explainable AI:  AI that is able to provide personalised explanations of the reasoning underlying its recommendations and decisions
-    Socio-cultural visual intelligence:  AI that can provide coherent descriptions of visual scenes taking context and social-cultural knowledge into account
-    Socio-cultural understanding of speech and text:  AI that can recognise figurative language, infer their social-cultural significance, and ultimately, understand meaning in speech and texts
-    Human-like learning and Instructable AI:  AI that can learn from real-world experience, and be programmed by non-experts, through verbal/text instruction and visual demonstrations
-    Cognitive architectures:  Cognitive architectures have the goal of bringing together the necessary cognitive machinery necessary for general artificial intelligence for autonomous behaviour.

Apply to find out more! (or propose your own ideas)

What you’ll receive

-    Internationally-competitive salary and full benefits
-    Collaboration opportunities with our network of leading international researchers
-    Funding for international conferences and training courses
-    Opportunities to supervise or co-supervise graduate and undergraduate students
-    Flexibility to choose and move between basic research, applied research and commercialisation
-    Ability to tap on the organisational infrastructure and network of a 5000-strong research organisation
-    Experience of working and living in a vibrant, multi-cultural city at the heart of South-East Asia

What you might bring to the table

You should have:
-    A Ph.D. in any AI-related area (e.g. cognitive science, computer vision, deep learning, information retrieval, knowledge representation, linguistics, machine learning, natural language processing, psychology, reasoning, robotics, etc.)
-    Publications in top conferences and journals in your area
-    Strong programming skills or other quantitative skills (e.g. statistical analysis)
-    Ability to both work independently and in small teams

To apply, send your CV to cheston-tan@i2r.a-star.edu.sg and kenkwok@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

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