PhD position in Interaction Design
Reference number 2010/153
Application deadline 2010-08-31
Job start date 2010-10-01
The research will take place within the research group in Interaction Design at the Department of Applied IT, Chalmers University of Technology. The department offers education and carries out research within the different areas of information technology in close cooperation with industry and public sector. Development of the individual’s knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle different aspects of IT is at focus. The department is located at Campus Lindholmen and is part of both the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.
Interaction Design concerns the interaction between people and products in which information technology is a central component. This can, for instance, be the design of the complex interface between the driver and the network of computers controlling a modern car, the interface and gameplay of modern computer games, the next generation of mobile communication devices or the integration of computational technology into our everyday things, such as ’intelligent clothes’. Regardless of the application, a design perspective on the interaction between people and technology is central. This makes interaction design an increasingly important area in application and systems development, as well as in industrial and product design.
This Ph.D. position is financed by Project EFESOS (Environmental Friendly Efficient Enjoyable and Safety Optimized Systems). EFESOS is a horizontal project that involves different research domains, different organizations and departments at Volvo Car Corporation, strategic partners, universities and institutes.
When designing car HMIs, one of the challenges is how to inform the driver about the traffic situation and potential danger, so to help the driver to drive in an environmental friendly way and to avoid accidents. More and more personal vehicles are equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and this will increase in the future. The traffic situation and information gained from ADAS systems can be presented to the driver through visual display and auditory display. This part of the work aims at investigating how which modality or which combination of modalities could be used to design optimal car HMIs.
In this project, we are not designing for warning systems, rather presenting the information during the normal driving situation so to avoid accidents from happening. Therefore, for both visual and auditory displays, the information shall be presented in a natural and intuitive way to avoid extra workload and causing distraction.
As a Ph.D. student you are employed by Chalmers and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements. A maximum of 20% of your time will be devoted to other duties at the department, mainly teaching. The remaining time will be devoted to your own courses and research within the project and you are expected to obtain a Ph.D. within a maximum of 5 years.
A suitable background for the applicant is a strong Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering or cognitive science, with focus on human computer interaction design. Experience from different interaction design, human factors in vehicle safety study is preferable. The interests and capability of doing research work is the basic demand. A good M.Sc. thesis or publications with research focus can add extra points into the application. It would be better if the applicants have good knowledge and sensitivity on music and sounds. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required. Knowledge of Swedish is not a prerequisite for this position. The start of this position is planned for Oct 1st, 2010.
The application shall be written in English and include the following items:
The application shall be sent electronically as pdf or zipped documents. Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.
If any material is not available electronically or cannot be transferred to pdf format, the material can be sent as a hard copy to Registrar. The applicants name and the reference number (2010/153) must be written on the first page of the application.
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