Digitally Assisted Collective Governance of Smart City Commons

4 Open Research Positions

There are  4 open positions for a new exciting research program to start in Sept. 2022. The program will create a new generation of decision-support systems for collective decision-making in Smart Cities. It will draw a novel synthesis of knowledge from the areas of human-centered artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things linked to solid theoretical foundations of social choice theory.

1. Research Fellow (Postdoc) in Blockchain and Cryptoeconomic Systems

2. Research Fellow (Postdoc) in Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning

3. Research Fellow (Postdoc) in Computational Social Science

4. Research Software Engineer (Full Stack) in Participatory Platforms for Digital Democracy and Governance

This is an opportunity to be part of a creative research team working on a new ambitious research programme with several collaboration, training and career development opportunities in industry, cities, and world-leading academic institutes in the UK and Europe. The Distributed Intelligent Social Computing lab at the University of Leeds will run this unique programme with the aim to empower citizens’ participation in governing common pool resources in Smart Cities such as smart transport, parking and energy systems.

The research programme is designed to offer exceptional access to resources, training and career development opportunities including:

– Access to a new laboratory space in the new Sir William Henry Bragg Building of School of Computing and access to Virtuocity, an immersive, “human in the loop”, simulation and visualisation facility.

– A national and an international network of partners that will support the research programme with access to novel real-world data, training and career development opportunities via funded visits and secondments as well as support for field test studies. Partners include among others: the Innovation Hub of Oxfordshire County Council, Novoville, Vivacity, the Urban Traffic Control system of Leeds city, Nesta as well as partners in Switzerland, France and Estonia.

– Novel training programmes at the University of Leeds including opportunities for enhancing interdisciplinary research via the Crucible programme or pathways to commercialization and business engagement via the Michael Beverley Innovation Fellowship.

For more information about the positions or the research program, please contact: e.pournaras@leeds.ac.uk

——————————Dr. Evangelos PournarasAssociate ProfessorUniversity of LeedsLeeds, UKe.pournaras@leeds.ac.ukwww.evangelospournaras.com