PhD at Teesside University: Interactive Storytelling for Pervasive Entertainment

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PhD at Teesside University: Interactive Storytelling for Pervasive Entertainment

An enhanced stipend of £18,000 per annum is offered to a strong candidate for a full time Industrial CASE PhD studentship at Teesside University; Portal Entertainment. The studentship is funded by the Engineering; Physical Sciences Research Council, Portal Entertainment and Teesside University, and will be for 3 ½ years, subject to satisfactory progress. This research will explore Interactive Storytelling in the context of pervasive entertainment, which presents specific challenges in terms of media content, interaction techniques, and adaptive plot generation.

The candidate will be expected to contribute to the design of new narrative generation techniques adapted to pervasive storytelling, as well as their integration within fully-implemented prototypes, in partnership with Portal Entertainment. This is an opportunity to join one of the leading groups in Interactive Storytelling research, and work with a company that blends entertainment, psychology and technology to develop the next generation of interactive media. Portal Entertainment is a UK based digital entertainment company, which makes thriller-type content for tablet and mobile platforms responding to user emotions. It collaborates with renowned studios (Hammer Film), media services (Pinewood) and leading entertainment corporations (Warner Bros).

Entry Requirements Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant discipline, preferably Computer Science with a working knowledge of AI (Planning, advanced search techniques or constraint programming) and appropriate programming experience. Previous knowledge of Interactive Storytelling is not essential, but an interest in entertainment applications and the thriller genre is desirable.

To qualify for full funding, applicants must meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria. You can apply online for this opportunity. Please use the standard PhD full time application form, and state the studentship title and Director of Studies in the personal statement section.

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For academic enquiries, please contact Professor Marc Cavazza (

Closing Date: Monday 8th September 2014, 11.59pm. We envisage that interviews will take place in the second half of September 2014. It is preferable that the successful applicant starts in October 2014, but a delayed start, no later than December 2014, could be negotiated.

Professor at Teesside University

Marc Cavazza has been active in the field of Interactive Storytelling for the past 12 years. His group has developed a number of interactive narrative prototypes exploring different techniques and paradigms, which have been regularly demonstrated at international conferences (including AAMAS, IUI, ICAPS and ACM Multimedia). He was the coordinator of the FP7 Network of Excellence on Interactive Storytelling.


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