Closing date: 19 September 2021
We are seeking up to three researchers to work on AI4ME, an exciting new multi-year EPSRC & BBC-funded Prosperity Partnership that will address the key challenges involved in creating and delivering personalised content at scale. AI4ME brings together the BBC, Lancaster University the and University of Surrey to design entirely new types of media experiences that can adapt to individual preferences, accessibility requirements, devices, and location.
AI4ME builds upon the rapid changes underway within the industry in how media experiences are produced and delivered, from television and films to video games. In television and broadcast media, the prevalence of Internet-based delivery supports the independent transport of different parts of a stream – including audio, video, and additional media experience components – to be composed together at the point of playback. This paradigm is enabling new forms of hyper-personalised and immersive storytelling and represents both opportunities and new challenges in the network delivery of these experiences.
At Lancaster we are building the world’s first hyper-adaptive end-to-end delivery infrastructure to deliver personalised object-based media on an unprecedented scale. By combining novel systems-building technology with advanced real-time machine learning, this infrastructure will continually monitor popular content at a regional and national level, along with end-user personalisation preferences, to constantly drive the delivery system towards a more optimal form.
We are looking for up to three researchers to join this exciting project and help contribute to solving this delivery challenge for personalised media. The ideal candidate will have a background in computer networking and distributed systems; more details on the relevant research fields can be found in the Person Specification. Whilst existing knowledge in these areas is desirable, we seek to build a team with complementary strengths. We therefore will also consider applications from general computer science researchers.
Candidates will be expected to implement and test systems throughout the project and so good programming skills are highly desirable. You will work with three project investigators who are strongly committed to mentoring, and be encouraged and supported in developing your profile, and new research proposals. You will join us on an indefinite contract. However, the role remains contingent on external funding which for these positions is initially for 36 months.
Call for Events is now open! We're supporting Members and Expert Fellows to lead activities that explore aspects of TIPS in the Digital Economy. We will help to organise the activity with up to £5,000 to cover the associated costs.