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PhD studentship in 3D audio interaction at Glasgow

Dear All
I have a PhD studentship that might be of interest. The focus in on 3D
audio and its use in interaction for mobile devices. If you know of
anyone interested could you pass it on!




PhD studentship


A three-year PhD studentship is available in the area of novel gestural
and audio user interfaces for use on the move on the EPSRC-funded
"GAIME: Gestural and Auditory Interactions for Mobile Environments"
project. This project will be in collaboration with Nokia Research
Centre in Helsinki.

The project as a whole will investigate new interactions for mobile
devices that allow them to be used more effectively on the move. Most
PDAs and smart phones have sophisticated graphical interfaces and
commonly use small keyboards or a stylus for input. The range of
applications and services for such devices is growing all the time.
However, there are problems which make interaction difficult when a user
is on the move. Visual attention is needed to operate a device, which
may not be available when the user is walking, running or crossing the
road. The hands are also needed to or keyboards or pens. These may not
be available if the user is carrying bags, holding on to children or
operating machinery, for example. The novel aspect of the research is to
reduce the reliance on graphical displays and hands by investigating
gesture input from other locations on the body combined with
three-dimensional sound.

The focus of the PhD studentship will be to design and evaluate novel
interaction techniques using audio and gestures. Some key areas to be
investigated are to:

* Design and evaluate sophisticated 3D audio interaction techniques for
mobile devices; 

* Develop ego- and exocentric audio display techniques; 

* Assess these in mobile and static settings; 

* Combine the best gestures and 3D audio interaction techniques into
complete applications for evaluation in realistic settings to assess
their real usefulness.

The post is available from 1 January 2008 (the start date is negotiable
up to 6 months) for three years and would suit applicants with a good
honours or Masters degree in computing science and an interest in
human-computer interaction, multimodal interaction, audio and mobile
devices. The post would also suit electronics or physics graduates who
have excellent computing skills. 

For more details and application forms see

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

Stephen Brewster
EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow
Professor of Human Computer Interaction
Department of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4966
Fax: +44 (0)141 330 4913
Web: www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~stephen
Email: stephen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Skype: stephen_brewster 


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