PhD position -- Compositionality in Minds and Machines
posted on June 27, 2022

Together with Prof. Martin Butz of the Neuro-Cognitive Modeling group, we are seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a jointly supervised 3-year PhD position studying compositional reasoning. From exploring variations of a musical motif to generating brand new sentences or entirely novel inventions, humans are able to leverage previously learned structures and generalize them to new contexts. Our aim is to build computational models that capture the human ability to acquire and reuse compositional structures from experience, and apply these structures to novel situations in a one-shot, goal-directed manner.

Potential topics include: the role of inductive biases in inferring hidden structure from sparse examples, adapting behavior to latent contexts through event-predictive cognition, compositional Theory of Mind for decomposing the inferred goals of other agents into individually relevant subgoals, in addition to the interests of the candidate. Candidates should have a Masters degree in a related discipline before starting this position and prior experience with computational methods is highly desirable. The start date should be as soon as possible and is open to negotiation. Applications are due by August 15th, 2022

Please see the official call for applications below or download the PDF for more details. The application should be submitted to Charley Wu by email (charley.wu[at]uni-tuebingen[dot]de) as a single PDF titled “firstname.lastname.pdf”.