phd opportunities in media and sound (Niall Griffith )

Subject: phd opportunities in media and sound
From:    Niall Griffith  <niall.griffith(at)UL.IE>
Date:    Thu, 26 Nov 1998 17:11:33 GMT

Please pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested. Thanks ==== POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN MEDIA TECHNOLOGY The Media Technology Group, an interdisciplinary research group centered on the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Limerick, invites applications from students wishing to pursue research leading to a Ph.D. degree in interactive Media Systems and Media Technology. The research of the Media Technology Group, involves members of Computer Science and Information Systems, Mathematics and Statistics, Electronics, and Material Sciences. Its research covers a range of issues in the development of interactive performance systems. We are developing novel input devices - for example a floor that tracks footsteps - with an emphasis on the development of bodily control of creative processes through performance. Thus we are involved in human computer collaboration, machine learning in interactive environments, sonification and visualisation, sensor materials, embedded control systems, distributed control, real-time process management and interaction. The research project wishes to recruit enthusiatic, creative and flexible people to research interactive performance systems architectures and sensor technology. The research is currently focussed on the LiteFoot project, a dance floor with embedded proximity sensors that is used as an input device and controller in generating multi-media processes. We are looking for people with good programming skills but more importantly we are looking for creative individuals who are willing to take conceptual risks to make real innovations in this area. The composition of visual and auditory works via bodily movement raises many issues about the nature of representation and the relationship between perceptual systems. An important aspect of this will be research into the relationship between different perceptual modalities and the use of this in the creative process. Details of the LiteFoot project can be found at For informal queries, please contact Niall Griffith +353 61 202785 or niall.griffith(at) Mikael Fernstrom +353 61 202606 or mikael.fernstrom(at) Subject to satisfactory progress, funding for successful applicants will be for 3 years and will include: payment of fees, a (tax free) stipend of 6,000 pounds per annum, travel costs to attend selected conferences and to visit collaborators in other institutions. McGill is running a new version of LISTSERV (1.8d on Windows NT). Information is available on the WEB at

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