AI/RDF Developer/Researcher – Daden

Daden is a Birmingham UK based 3D virtual reality, AI and immersive environments solution provider, principally using game engine technology such as Unity3D to deliver immersive learning, training and data visualisation applications. They are currently looking for an A1/RDF Developer/Researcher to join their expanding team.

About the role:

Daden have recently won a research project to investigate a variety of different uses of chatbot and artificial intelligence technologies. Daden is the lead partner and is supported by academic experts from the Universities of Warwick and Worcester. We are now looking for a researcher/developer to join us to help deliver this project, and hopefully to continue to work with us at the end of the 2 year project.

The project is primarily based around the use of semantic web technology (RDF, OWL, SPARQL etc) and chatbot technologies such as AIML and Chatscript. This role is primarily for a researcher/developer to work on the “virtual memory” element of the project, building and integrating systems to capture data from a variety of sources (including interview, unstructured text, email, GPS data etc), encode it using RDF, and then provide access to it through SPARQL or similar from a chatbot engine such as Chatscript in order to create a “virtual persona” of the subject. Development will be in C# (both WPF and ASP.NET environments) wherever possible, although some familiarity with C++ and Java may be required in order to integrate open source and commercial systems. There may also be some work on Android tablets and possibly Unity. It is anticipated that a second developer will be recruited to work on the more “front-end” aspects of the chatbot (including visual look, chatbot authoring etc), so this is very much the “heavy lifting” role focussed around the data environment. Whilst the project is not primarily interested in exploring machine learning techniques there may be some scope to look at these in the later stages of the project.

The project is very challenging, but should also be very rewarding. The developer/researcher will work closely with Professors at both the University of Warwick and the University of Worcester and their academic teams, covering areas such as psychology, educational technology and the semantic web. We expect the project to lead to several academic papers. Given the nature of the project the developer/researcher will need to be highly motivated, self-managing, and highly flexible.

We would expect that the successful applicant would have at least an MSc and have specialised in RDF and Semantic Web technologies. The applicant could come from both an Academic or Commercial background – and it is likely that the successful candidate would be happy working in either environment.

The project starts in June 2016 and lasts for just over 2 years. The post will start as soon as possible and the initial contract is for 2 years. For more information, see the full Job and Person Specification attached: AI-RDF-Developer-Researcher

If you’re interested:

Any enquiries about this position should in the first instance be sent by email to: Please include an up to date CV (and portfolio links if applicable), daytime contact number and details of your current position, salary and notice period (if applicable). Please put the Job Code in the email title.

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