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The College of Engineering and Computer Science has an immediate opening
for a 2-year full-time, postdoctoral fellow position in in the laboratory
of Dr. Ivan Garibay. The University of Central Florida provides an
outstanding research environment and we are seeking highly motivated and
independent postdoctoral fellows, with training and expertise in
agent-based modeling, neural networks, social network analysis, machine
learning, data analytics, or computational social science. This position
will be part of the “Deep Agent” project team, provided the team secures
DARPA funding for this project. This team will conduct research as part of
the DARPA’s “Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior” program, a
network of DARPA-funded teams across the USA. The Deep Agent 4-year project
seeks to create state-of-the-art agent-based models of human behavior,
considering emotional, social and rational agent architectures with a
particular focus on computational simulations of the spread and evolution
of online information. These simulations will allow for a deeper, more
quantitative understanding of our global online information environment,
including better understanding of phenomena such as cascades, recurrence,
gatekeepers, and persistent minorities. The Deep Agent team consists of
interdisciplinary faculty from various US institutions, including the
University of Central Florida, the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte, and Florida Institute of Technology.

Training and mentorship from senior faculty will be provided with multiple
opportunities to co-author high-quality publications in an
interdisciplinary research environment. Mentorship and training will be
provided for grant writing as well, with multiple opportunities offered to
serve as co-principal investigator on federal grant proposals. If desired,
teaching opportunities could be also made available via the Master of
Science in Data Analytics program directed by Dr. Garibay. Also, there will
be collaborative projects with other experts in the area of deep learning
and data analytics at the University of Central Florida and partner

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be based on the DARPA stipend scale and is
commensurate with skills and experience, starting at $60,000.00. The cost
of living in the Orlando area is significantly lower than in other cities
in the USA. In addition, Florida does not collect state income taxes. The
University of Central Florida offers a full benefits package.

Minimum qualifications: A Ph.D. in computer science, statistics, computer
engineering, machine learning, complex adaptive systems, data science,
computational social science, or a closely related field. Candidates with
strong knowledge and experience in FLAME-GPU, agent-based modeling, machine
learning methods, neural networks, or social science simulations, as well
as excellent writing skills, as evidenced by multiple peer-reviewed
publications, are preferred. Curiosity and passion for computer- driven
problem solving and an ability to work both independently and as a member
of an interdisciplinary team are highly desirable.

Application: To apply for this position or to request more information on
this opportunity please send your CV via email to [log in to unmask]
Position preferred starting date is Fall 2017.

Dr. Gita Sukthankar
Associate Professor, EECS
Charles N. Millican Faculty Fellow
University of Central Florida
Email: [log in to unmask]  Tel: (407) 823-4305

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