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Friday, May 4, 2012
The Center for Games and Playable Media (CGPM) invites applications from outstanding individuals for a Research Game Developer position. The research game developer will participate in research on autonomous character AI and social simulation, perform development on the autonomous character and social simulation architectures, and author character behaviors and social simulation primitives within the architecture, including the animation solution for character animation. The successful candidate will be expected to author or co-author papers for publication in conferences and journals, and attend and present work at professional conferences.
OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT
IMMERSE is a projected funded under the DARPA Strategic Social Interaction Modules program. The goal of the project is to produce a game-based training environment that teaches people how to be “good strangers”, supporting the practice of skills necessary to have successful social interactions when in novel culture and language contexts. This will be accomplished via virtual dramatic scenarios, realized within the Unity game engine, in which the player interacts with computer-controlled autonomous characters in high-consequence social environments, learning how to quickly recognize and navigate the social interactions norms in these environments. At UC Santa Cruz, the project is run within the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the research groups within the Center for Games and Playable Media. Our approach will build upon the autonomous character and story management technologies successfully demonstrated in the interactive drama Façade, and the social simulation system successfully demonstrated in the experimental game Prom Week. Both these games were previously developed within the Expressive Intelligence Studio. The UC Santa Cruz team will be coordinating with four other teams working on IMMERSE – the other teams are developing the pedagogical AI, the full-body immersive interface, and art assets.
Please be aware that there are two separate job postings for this position:
For those with terminal degrees who are looking for a project scientist appointment, please apply for the Project Scientist position. We will begin reviewing applicants after 05-25-2012.
For those with industry experience who are interested in a developer position, please apply below. Click "Staff Employment". Then click Search and search for job number 1203664. We will begin reviewing applicants after 05-10-2012.