May 3, 2011

Postdoctoral position in toolkits research and multimodal int

Dear colleagues,

The Interactive Computing Lab at ENAC (French Civil Aviation University) in Toulouse, France, is inviting applications for an Interactive software tools researcher for the Medusa project (advanced multimodal interactions, interactive software engineering and modeling).

The Medusa project ( is financed by the French FUI (Fonds Unique Interministériel). The project aims to enable the modeling of advanced interaction techniques (multimodality, interactive surfaces, …). Through the development of a rapid prototyping platform, adapted to a model transformation approach, we seek to support an iterative design process. The target application is a airborne maritime monitoring system.

The duration of the project is 1-2 years and the start is as of now. The practical objective is to build a prototyping platform on top of an interaction and execution engine. The scientific objective is to advance interactive software modeling in order to improve the engineering of
interactive systems processes, focusing on iterative design and traceability of choices. Through this project, we also wish to foster reflection on model-driven engineering in itself: how to check specification models against system models (interaction models), how to carry out model transformation up to code generation without loss of information?

In the Medusa project, ENAC is involved in the scientific reflection on engineering processes for interactive systems, and on the design and implementation of the model execution engine. The other partners are responsible for the needs specification (Thalès Systèmes Aéroportés), system
engineering and model transformation tools (Sodius), and the design of meta-models for interaction (Telecom Bretagne, ENSIETA).

The candidate who will join the project team will contribute to design and implementation tasks. According to his/her aspirations and skills, s/he will either focus on development orresearch subjects. The ideal candidate holds a PhD in computer science, preferably in interactive
software. S/he has experience in programming, and/or advanced interactive technique modeling (e.g post-WIMP, multimodality, visualization…), and/or system engineering. S/he has the ability to work in a team and to take part in the management of a development project. French or English writing and speaking skills are required, both languages being a plus.

Interactive Computing Lab
The interactive computing laboratory carries out research on key fundamental issues in the design, engineering and production of critical interactive systems such as those encountered in aeronautics. We work in the following domains: Interaction and collaboration design patterns, Information visualisation, Interactive software models and architectures, Interactive
systems engineering. (more information:

Contact: Catherine.Letondal@ or Daniel.Prun@

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