[visionlist] FW: studentship at RHUL

Zanker J J.Zanker at rhul.ac.uk
Thu Dec 15 22:24:20 GMT 2005


Research Studentship   


 ‘Applying Genetic Algorithms in Product Design’ 

 
An industrial CASE Studentship (funded by EPSRC) is available in a collaboration between the Department of Psychology RHUL and Procter & Gamble RPTC, a world leader in the sector of fast moving consumer goods. The PhD project will be exploring possibilities to apply of Genetic Algorithms (GA) optimisation methods in the context of product design driven by consumer choice. This will offer an opportunity to develop methods to shape products under direct control of the client who can interact with prototypes in VR, without the need to explicit definition of the parameter space of choice options. This work will therefore be targeted at the combination of GA and visualisation technologies. It is led by Prof. Johannes M. Zanker in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London in collaboration with Dr. Keith Ewart from P&G RPTC Egham, Surrey.
We will be looking for a creative and enthusiastic person with good analytical and programming skills, and preferably some experience in some area of psychology, visual neurosciences, machine vision, or computer sciences, but applications will be invited from individuals with a first degree in a range of scientific disciplines. The requirements for EPSRC studentships include a first degree at 2:1 or higher level and a residence status in the UK. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community. The three-year CASE Studentship offers a range of benefits for the graduate student, including full coverage of university fees, award of a highly competitive maintenance grant, 3 months placement in industry, and the opportunity to get actively involved in a cutting edge technology transfer project with huge potential impact on the consumer goods industry. 
Royal Holloway is a constituent college of the University of London, located about 20 miles to the west of Central London, close to Windsor and to Heathrow. The campus is dominated by the Victorian Founder's Building and offers modern academic, residential and recreational facilities in a parkland setting. Royal Holloway welcomes a truly diverse community – approximately 6,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students coming from over 80 countries. The College has been confirmed as one of the leading universities in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), ranking in the top ten in the major league tables. Within Royal Holloway, the Department of Psychology is one of the larger academic departments, which has been consistently ranked as one of the best Psychology Departments in the country. It has a very strong research record, as demonstrated by its lead in a regional university consortium to host a 3T fMRI brain scanner on the Royal Holloway campus. In the framework of a dense network of national and international collaborations, and supported by recent appointments in this area, the Vision Group at Royal Holloway is developing the reputation of a focal point of expertise for the functioning of the human visual system. In this context, the department is developing its expertise into commercial activities, and expanding contacts to regional and international companies such as P&G. 
Informal enquiries can be made by e-mail to Johannes M. Zanker (HYPERLINK "mailto:j.zanker at rhul.ac.uk"j.zanker at rhul.ac.uk). 
You can download an application form (for MPhil/PhD Research programmes) from http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Graduate-School/applications.html, and submit it together with your CV to: 
Johannes M. Zanker
Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, TW20 0EX, UK
There is no formal closing date for applications, but the position is immediately available and expected to be filled before the end of 2005. 
 
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Johannes M. Zanker
Department of Psychology                                                                                
Royal Holloway University of London                            
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, England
Tel.: (01784) 443 521,  FAX: (+44 1784) 434 347             
e-mail: j.zanker at rhul.ac.uk
homepage: HYPERLINK "http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/zanker/johannes.html"http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/zanker/johannes.html
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