PhD Recruitment

Fully Funded PhD studentship in Human-Computer Interaction with Data Physicalizations at Lancaster University

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with Data Physicalizations to be supervised by Dr Jason Alexander in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. We are looking for a motivated and passionate individual keen to pursue a research programme in understanding the next generation of data communication artefacts and devices.

A Data Physicalization is a physical artefact whose geometry or material properties encode data. Advances in digital fabrication and actuation mean static and dynamic Data Physicalizations are readily fabricated and can help people explore, understand, and communicate data through novel and engaging artefacts.

This project seeks to understand where physical data representations out-perform their purely visual counterparts. You will design and build novel data physicalizations, and will work to understand how their effectiveness at communicating datasets compares to traditional data visualisations. You will be given significant scope to shape the research direction of your PhD within this umbrella. We will support you in publishing and presenting your results in the top venues for dissemination of HCI research.

Candidate Profile:

  • Degree in Computer Science, Psychology, Design, Engineering, Mechatronics or similar.
  • Strong interest or experience in novel forms of Data Visualisation.
  • Strong interest or experience in Physical Prototyping (both fabrication using laser cutters and 3D printers and hardware prototyping with toolkits such as the Arduino)
  • Experience in conducting user studies.

Application procedure: all applicants should contact Dr Jason Alexander to discuss their interests and their suitability for the role. Applications should then be made through the standard Lancaster application system.

Deadline: Applications close June 28, 2019.