[visionlist] PhD Position at the University of Abertay Dundee (UK)

Scott-Brown, Kenneth K.Scott-Brown at abertay.ac.uk
Wed Jun 10 14:24:47 PDT 2009

Enhancing real-world user interfaces using audio visual and gestural control metaphors


Recent developments in touch-screen technologies have led to new multi-touch devices and associated input methods. The millions of ATMs and other similar devices across the world currently under-exploit this new technology. An opportunity exists to undertake research in this growth area in a unique multi-disciplinary research environment at the University of Abertay. Applications for a PhD studentship are sought from graduates with an interest in gaining experience and training in this domain. A background in psychology, creative computing or ergonomics would all be relevant. The project is sufficiently cross-disciplinary to draw upon a range of experience and will provide opportunities to develop skills in new areas.

The goal of the project is to scope, delineate and evaluate new methods of multi-modal interaction with technologies such as ATMs and other 'public access' devices such as in-bank kiosks, interactive digital signage and real-time public transport timetables. In particular, the project will examine the use of integrated audio-visual cues and multi-touch control surfaces in order to enhance the user experience as appropriate for the specific commercial or social context.

The Alison Armstrong Studentship offers a stipend commensurate with the Research Council rate (13,290 in the first year with annual increments) and payment of tuition fees (at Home/EU rate) for three years of study. Funding for travel and consumables is included. There may also be opportunities to supplement income teaching relevant undergraduate subjects and to undertake an internship at NCR Dundee during the period of study. The University also delivers a postgraduate teaching certificate for which candidates may be eligible to enrol.

Informal enquiries are welcome from the supervisors, Dr. Ken Scott-Brown, email: k.scott-brown at abertay.ac.uk, or to Dr. Kenny McAlpine, email: k.mcalpine at abertay.ac.uk.

Application forms may be obtained from Dawn Keen, Secretary of the Research Degrees Committee, Secretariat, University of Abertay Dundee, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG, Tel:+44 (0)1382 308068, email: d.keen at abertay.ac.uk. Completed application forms, together with a CV, should be returned by Friday 19 June to Dawn Keen, quoting reference no: AAS/09/01

Kenneth Scott-Brown
Centre for Psychology
University of Abertay Dundee
Bell St

+44(0)1382 308590
k.scott-brown at abertay.ac.uk

The University of Abertay Dundee is a charity registered in Scotland, No: SC016040

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