Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Department of Computer Architecture and Computer Technology

    01/09/2018 14:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Oresti Baños, from the Department of Computer Architecture and Computer Technology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for an Athenea3i Research Fellowship in 2018 at this University. The information about the Fellowship conditions, how to apply, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Evaluation Process, etc. is available in https://athenea3i.ugr.es/. Please note that applicants must comply with the Eligibility Criteria (https://athenea3i.ugr.es/?page_id=23).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The Research Centre for Information and Communications Technologies of the University of Granada (CITIC-UGR) is a multidisciplinary institution addressing several relevant scientific and technological challenges, with a clear focus on transferring ground-breaking knowledge to the productive sector and training novel researchers to become the present and future engines of socio-economic growth. In doing so, CITIC-UGR brings together leading researchers in ICT of the University of Granada, which is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in the field of Computer Science, being pioneer in this area in Spain. The CITIC-UGR spans major research fields such as: Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Vision, Data Mining, Decision Support Systems, e-Health, High Performance Computer Architectures, Image Recognition, Mobile and Sensor Networks, Monitoring and Control Systems, Nanoelectronics, Neural Engineering, Optimization, Planning, Signal Processing, Soft Computing, Software Engineering & Virtual Reality. As such, it constitutes an unparalleled ecosystem for developing and materializing new exciting and disruptive ideas.

Project description


COACH.ai - Changing human behavior through artificial intelligent coaching

Our increased life expectancy unfortunately goes hand in hand with an increased amount of years living with chronic conditions. These conditions cannot be cured, but both the development of comorbidities and the quality of life are strongly influenced by proper self-management and developing a healthy lifestyle.

This project works at the intersection of data mining, artificial intelligence, behavioral sciences and domain expertise in chronically ill patients, to develop a novel data-driven artificial coach (a.k.a., e-coach) to realize effective behavior change. The research will focus on: (1) informed and interpretable complex event detection and model adaptation on heterogeneous data streams capturing patient’s medical condition, lifestyle and behavior, and (2) data-driven personalized intelligent coaching based on modeling and causal inference from these data streams.

The developed techniques will allow to (1) discover the root causes for individual (un)healthy behaviors, (2) measure the effectiveness of automatic behavior change strategies and (3) develop personalized e-coaching strategies and anticipatory e-coaching interventions.

We seek highly motivated candidates with a sound theoretical background in statistics, data mining and/or machine learning with a PhD degree in AI, Data Science or similar. Experience with mobile/wearable sensing and automatic behavior recognition is a plus. Good communication skills, a strong desire and capacity to work in teams, and fluency in English are also required. As part of COACH.ai, the candidate will have opportunity to collaborate with the on-going initiatives of the H2020 European project Council of Coaches (http://council-of-coaches.eu/).

Research Area

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Oresti Baños (oresti@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)