[visionlist] PhD studentship

Frank Pollick f.pollick at psy.gla.ac.uk
Mon May 14 15:34:20 GMT 2012

Could you please post this ad for a PhD studentship at Glasgow University in the area of multimodal driver information systems.



PhD studentship

A 42 month PhD studentship is available in the area of multimodal driver information systems. This project will be in collaboration with Freescale, a leading semiconductor supplier to the global automotive industry (www.freescale.com/automotive). 

For the last 50 years, there have been virtually no major changes to the basic core vehicle driver information interface: the instrument cluster. Although the technology behind the display has changed, the basic information being presented has not. However, with the recent advances in navigation systems, safety systems (e.g. lane departure warning, blind spot detection, etc.) and also the trend towards a connected multimedia entertainment console, we are in a time of change. These advances are leading to a problem – that of information overload.  Driving is a highly visual task and the extra functionality of these new systems has greatly increased the amount of information the driver must monitor and react to, potentially compromising safety.

One solution is to use multimodal displays that make use of all of the senses that drivers have, rather than relying just on visual feedback. This means we can display the right information to the driver in the most effective way without distracting attention from the road.  The focus of the PhD studentship will be to understand the cognitive, manual and visual load on drivers and to develop complementary information displays using audio (speech and non-speech sounds) and haptics to minimise driver distraction and advance our understanding of the psychological processes of performing in this environment. Some key areas to be investigated are to:

* Understand the cognitive and sensory load on drivers;
* Create novel multimodal displays for driver information;
* Develop a model for when and how to present multimodal information to drivers to maximise attention and minimise distraction.
* Evaluate these in driving simulators to test their effectiveness under varying conditions of vehicle and driver context.

The post is available from 1 July 2012 (the start date is negotiable) for 3.5 years and would suit applicants with a good honours or Masters degree in computing science or psychology and an interest in human-computer interaction and multimodal interfaces. The student will be based in the School of Computing Science at Glasgow, working with Prof Stephen Brewster in the internationally leading GIST research group (www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/gist), in collaboration with Frank Pollick in the School of Psychology and having close contact with Freescale. The studentship will fully fund a UK or EU student. The closing date for applications is 1 June 2012.

Please submit an electronic application form at 
http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/applyonline/ and email a cover letter tostephen at dcs.gla.ac.uk. The application is to the College of Science and Engineering Graduate School.

Informal enquiries to: Stephen Brewster, email: stephen at dcs.gla.ac.uk
Web: www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~stephen

Professor Frank Pollick
School of Psychology
University of Glasgow
Glasgow   G12 8QB

t:  0141-330-3945
e:  frank at psy.gla.ac.uk

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