PhD Studentship available

PhD Studentship available to work as part of the EPSRC research project: “Crossmodal Interactive Tools for Inclusive Learning” (EP/N00616X/2). The project aim is to investigate novel multisensory learning and teaching technologies that support inclusive education for visually-impaired and sighted children in mainstream schools. We use an iterative user-centred approach combining participatory design activities with empirical research into multimodal and crossmodal interaction to find out how different senses can be effectively integrated with visual capabilities to support inclusive learning. We are engaged with local schools to design, implement and research augmented multisensory tools for teaching and learning purposes, focusing on accommodating curriculum requirements and social processes surrounding collaborative learning.

With strong programming and development skills, the successful candidate will have an appreciation for user-centred design approaches and work well independently as well as part of a team. Experience in multisensory and collaborative systems development will be valued. They will work with partner schools to conduct research that ranges from accessible participatory design to software and hardware development, and experimental user studies and evaluation. There will be freedom and flexibility in shaping the research project within these broad objectives.

Basic skills and knowledge required:

  • Solid skills in software and hardware development
  • Expertise in physical and digital prototyping, sensors, making, tinkering, etc.
  • Knowledge of HCI and participatory design
  • Interest in multisensory interaction and accessibility

Entry requirements (include degree subjects if applicable):

  • Background in Computer Science and/or HCI. Academic excellence i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above). Standard English language requirement: Profile E. Candidates with strong practical maker skills will be preferred.

Applicants should first send:

  • One page cover letter: Describing their interest in the topic and why they would be the ideal candidate for this position
  • Their CV (max 4 pages)
  • List of publications (in available), e.g. Master’s thesis, any scientific publications, and other relevant work with links (if available)
  • Project portfolio (if available)

to Dr. Metatla (o.metatla@bristol.ac.uk) before they are considered for this studentship.

If they meet the minimum criteria, they will be asked to submit a full application with academic references online at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/.

Studentship start date: September 2017 or soon thereafter

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