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PhD position at Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh
Multimodal Reminders in the Home
3.5 year PhD studentship
at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
The project will investigate the effects of ageing and hearing loss on
the usability and intelligibility of auditory reminders in the home
environment. Speech and non-speech audio reminders will be compared
systematically under a variety of realistic conditions. Experiments
will be based on a dual-task paradigm, where participants perform a
distractor task while attending to and/or acting on auditory reminders.
The project is a collaboration with the Department of Computer
Science, Glasgow (Prof. Brewster, Dr. McGee-Lennon), and the
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University
(Pauline Campbell, Christine DePlacido). The successful candidate will
be working closely with a PhD candidate at Glasgow who will be
specialising in multimodal reminders, in particular tactile and
olfactory reminders. Both candidates will collaborate on a pilot
reminder system that will be trialled in users' homes.
This project would suit candidates from a variety of backgrounds,
including human-computer interaction, speech science, audiology,
medical physics, rehabilitation engineering, ergonomics, phonetics, or
All applicants should have completed their first degree before taking
up the post. Applicants should have at least basic programming skills
(at least one of Java, C++, Python). Skills in experimental design and
statistics are highly desirable. Familiarity with software such as
SPSS, matlab, or R is a bonus. Applicants should also be open to
qualitative approaches to research.
The position is fully funded for 3.5 years through a stipend from the
UK Engineering Physical Sciences and Research Council. The stipend is
currently around £12900 per annum. In addition, fees for UK and
European students are covered.
The successful candidate will start on October 1, 2009. Provisionally,
the supervisors will be Prof Steve Renals, Dr Maria Wolters, and Dr
Marilyn McGee-Lennon (Glasgow).
For further information, please contact
Dr Maria Wolters, maria.wolters@xxxxxxxx