30 funded PhD studentships at Brunel University

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30 fully-funded studentships are available at Brunel University, West London for PhD study from October 2009 in all areas of research at Brunel including User-Centred Design.  The User-Centred Design group is part of the People and Interactivity Research Centre in the School of Information Systems and Computing.  The core activities of the group involve research into the design and use of interactive systems. Key themes are: examining the role of individual differences, developing systems requirements for widening information access, and user studies around the use of socio-technical systems. We welcome PhD proposals related to any of these research areas and you are welcome to contact members of the group for an informal chat about your research ideas prior to submitting a formal proposal/application.
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise results have confirmed that the School houses the leading Information Systems and Computing Department in the UK, with the largest group of ‘World Leading’ researchers in the area, supported by a world-class research environment. We have one of the largest PhD cohorts in the country, graduating high-quality PhDs every year.
Details of the User-Centred Design research group and its members can be found at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/siscm/disc/research/pi/ucd
Details of the funded studentships can be found at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/funding/isambard

Closing date 19 June 2009

Our project highlights include:
.       The EU-funded DIADEM project which develops user-centred web technology for people who have reduced cognitive abilities. The project is led by Brunel (PANDI lead is Dr Lorna Lines), with partners from the Norwegian Computing Centre (Oslo), Bluegarden (Norway), More AS (Norway), CSI Piemonte (Italy), Sheffield County Council (UK) and Citta di Torino (Italy).
.       The project led by Dr Sherry Chen which examined how users react to personalised digital libraries, investigating how individual differences affect users’ information-seeking strategies (AHRC funded).
.       Dr Kate Hone’s project on the impact of emotion recognition on user satisfaction which investigates the extent to which affective agents can reduce user frustration. This generated a great deal of publicity and was previewed by New Scientist magazine (EPSRC funded).
.       Dr Mark Perry’s research on user requirements, design and deployment of mobile computing and communications devices (EPSRC and Microsoft Research).
.       The Millennium Homes Project, on which Drs Kate Hone, Mark Perry and Lorna Lines, collaborated with Prof. Heinz Wolff (Bioengineering) to explore the use of multi-model interfaces for a system designed to support older adults (DTI/EPSRC Foresight-funded).
.       Dr Steve Love’s work in interaction design for mobile telephones, investigates the effects of individual differences on the use of mobile phone services (funded by Orange Personal Communication Services Ltd).
Enquiries can be sent to pandi@brunel.ac.uk or to individual members of the group [firstname].[lastname]@brunel.ac.uk

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