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Post Doctoral Scholar

Tufts University
Country of Position: 
United States
Contact Name: 
Shuchin Aeron
Subject Area: 
Signal Processing Theory and Methods
Start Date: 
August 05, 2020
Expiration Date: 
December 31, 2020
Position Description: 

Post-Doctoral Position in Machine Learning for Human Machine Trust in Teaming

Compensation: 85K per year + Benefits  

Contact for interview (include most recent CV + 3 references contact information) and further information

Shuchin Aeron

Matthias Scheutz 

Description: Sponsored by AFOSR, a postdoctoral research position is sought in the area of developing machine learning algorithms and methods for estimating cognitive states from a multimodal suite of sensors measuring EEG, ECG, BP, fNIRS, eye-gaze, skin conductance, while performing a simulated or real-world task in conjunction with other workload such as conversation and active communication with a team of human or robots. The project offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity in a multi-disciplinary team setting towards building reliable prediction models for human cognitive states from physiological data, a problem that is central to many human-machine interaction settings. 

A major part of the project will center on the use and development of unsupervised and weakly supervised machine learning methods such as contrastive representation learning, and self-attention models, to leverage abundance of unlabeled data while utilizing a few strongly labeled data points to inform various cognitive states that may be present in the data. These challenges are further exacerbated by the presence of anomalies and missing data. Furthermore, to address the unique challenges that center on dealing with human data, it is anticipated that the project will require exploiting novel theory and methods in the areas of Domain Adaptation, Privacy and Fairness, Distributional Robustness, and Feature Selection. 

For a list of recent papers (2019-2020) related to the project please visit the Google Scholar profiles of 

  1. PI Matthias Scheutz and 
  2. Co-PI Shuchin Aeron 

The postdoctoral fellow will be advised jointly by PI Matthias Scheutz (CS), and Co-PIs Shuchin Aeron (ECE) and Sergio Fantini (BioEngineering) at Tufts. Additionally, the postdoctoral fellow will be exposed to new initiatives at Tufts, namely Tufts TRIPODS, Tufts Data Intensive Science Center (DISC) https://disc.tufts.eduoffering a well-rounded development for the next phase of the career.  

Eligibility requirements: PhD (CS, ECE, or BioMedical Engineering) in Information Theory or Statistical Signal Processing or Machine Learning or Applied Mathematics with applications to data science. Efficiency in coding with Python, Ability to communicate with the members of an interdisciplinary team and self-manage the project expectations + report and paper writing.

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