[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-doctoral position on Behaviour Change Support Systems for Children

Barakova, E.I. e.i.barakova at tue.nl
Wed Jul 3 01:25:23 PDT 2019

Dear robotics researchers,

We are searching for a postdoctoral fellow on:  Behaviour Change Support Systems for Children.  Social robotics is expected to be an important part of such a system.

This 2-year long post-doc research position aims to explore novel and advanced forms of personalization in designing behaviour change support systems for children users. The project shall extend current approaches to persuasion profiling, where persuasion strategy is adapted to an individual's personality, in two ways: First, it will seek child-appropriate ways of creating persuasion profiles, addressing issues related to their developing cognition, ethics, and making such solutions engaging. Second, it will seek to account for intra-personal variation across contexts and situations. Depending on the interests of the post-doctoral researcher, we shall address specific behavior change challenges for children in areas relating to learning and rehabilitation. Next to addressing the research challenge above, they will be contributing to the department's efforts to develop relevant stakeholder networks and track record in this field.


In rehabilitation, behavior change is a key element to ensuring adherence and the effectiveness of therapy. For example, encouraging a rehabilitating patient to take a walk which might be beneficial for their well-being and vitality, and will be more efficient if a personalized model of context is taken into account for choosing which behaviour change strategy to apply. Similarly in education increasing children's motivation, or perseverance during studying/practice may be key to achieving higher learning outcomes.

Currently, persuasion profiling has addressed healthy adult users only. Applying this technique to vulnerable populations who stand most to benefit from behavior change programs (e.g. consider rehabilitating children), demands higher attention to allowing users to make the personalization approach engaging, protecting their privacy and ensuring meaningful and relevant management of the profiling behavior of the system. Ensuring intelligibility and accountability of persuasion profiling for vulnerable individuals presents complex design and ethical challenges. Our intended scientific contribution pertains both to the specific solutions as well as the design research methodology used.

During the project, the candidate will work closely with the project team, Panos Markopoulos, Emilia Barakova, and Javed Vassilis Khan, and will seek collaborations in and outside the department.

For more details, see the following link:


Kind Regards,

Emilia I. Barakova, 
Faculty of Industrial Design, 
Eindhoven University of Technology 
Atlas Floor4 Room 3.122, 5612 AZ Eindhoven The Netherlands,
Head TUE Social Robotics Lab,
Editor Personal and Ubiquitous Computing,
Associate Editor International Journal of Social Robotics,
Program Chair ICSR 2019  ===========ATTEND ICSR 2019==============

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