UK: PhD opportunities in Social Computing, Virtual Communities and 3D Virtual World

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Social Computing, Virtual Communities and 3D Virtual World

Research Group: Digital Media [1]

Number of Awards Available: 1

Award Description:
The studentship will be provided for a period of three years at the standard EPSRC rate which covers tuition fees and includes a non-taxable subsistence allowance of approximately £13,000 per annum with a budget for IT equipment, books. Software and travel to conferences and project meetings.

Project Details: We are living in an increasingly digital world. The advance of digital technology has impacted virtually every aspect of our lives and the society at large. Unsurprisingly research and development in the area of social computing has emerged and is increasingly gaining importance. This technology not only improves productivity and learning outcomes via collaborative work and learning, but also augment human relationships, by providing various means of communication that nullify the geographical barriers among us. In addition, it transforms the platform of digital entertainment, infusing a playful dimension into the already popular Internet use. We also witness the formation of persistent and long term communities in the virtual setting, where people congregate to socialise, make friends, give support, etc. Virtual communities continue to grow in term of their size, the nature of use, and the technological aspects, such as the emergence of 3D virtual environments. I am interested in PhD projects especially in the following areas:

(a) Study, design and evaluation of novel social technology that will solve human problems and improve quality of life.

(b) Detailed investigation of computer-mediated human-human interaction to give insights to this complex socio-technical system.

(c) Creative and innovative use of 3D virtual world or computer games in various domains, such as healthcare, learning, storytelling, etc.

Requirements: Candidates should have, or are expecting to obtain in the near future, a First Class or good 2.1 Honours Degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or a related discipline.

Closing Date for Applications: 02/07/2010 00:00:00

Further Information: Dr. Jim Ang

Email: c.s.ang@kent.ac.uk [2]

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