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The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The Society journal is the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

Internship for Mathematical Modeling of Human and Computational Agent Performance
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:45

Internship for Mathematical Modeling of Human and Computational Agent Performance

SOCHE Supporting 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Available Summer 2014

The Warfighter Interface Division at the Air Force Research Laboratory seeks a talented mathematical modeler for a full-time research internship appointment supporting the characterization of human and computational agent performance on complex, interactive visual-spatial tasks. This work contributes to the larger research goals of automating cognitive state assessment and automating the evaluation of visualization tools for warfighter decision making. The position offers experience working on a multi-disciplinary research team in an exciting, fast-paced environment advancing the cutting edge of models and metrics for human-machine teaming in complex environments.

Specifically, the intern will work with mentors to examine the relative utility and efficacy of existing mathematical models and metrics for workload assessment. The intern will delve into heterogeneous data sources including human performance (e.g. response time) and physiology (e.g. EEG, heart rate, eye movements), as well as synthetic (model/agent-derived) data. The intern will contribute to theoretically aligning mathematical models of human data with the processes captured in the synthetic agents. S/he will gain invaluable experience for working on a research and engineering team.

Desired qualifications: Graduate student seeking degree Mathematical Psychology, Cognitive Modeling, Cognitive Science, Statistics or related, relevant field; Solid background in mathematics and statistics; Comfortable using scripted languages for numerical computation (e.g. MATLAB or Python/numpy) or computational statistics (e.g. R, Mathematica, JMP) helpful; Experience with response time modeling critical; Experience with physiology data analysis helpful; Familiarity with cognitive architectures or agent-based modeling helpful; Enthusiasm and curiosity for research helpful; Previous experience in a laboratory setting helpful;

This position is a contractor appointment through the Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) program.  Appointment is for up to 10 weeks full-time with potential for follow-on appointment. This internship is located at Wright-Patterson AFB; internship requires appointee to relocate to Dayton, Ohio for the duration of the internship.

Applicant must be a US Citizen and a degree-seeking student in good academic standing. The SOCHE program is open to all qualified US Citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.

Applicants will need to apply at the SOCHE Internship web site: http://access.socheintern.org/

Applicants are encouraged to email their CV and brief statement of research interests (1 page max) to Dr. Tim Halverson, 711 HPW/RHCP, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Dr. Leslie Blaha, 711 HPW/RHCV, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Inquiries are welcome.  Please be sure to include relevant mathematics/statistics coursework and modeling experience in your CV.

Please submit your application by May 15, 2014.

 
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