PhD Studentship at UCL – 3.5 years, fully funded (UK/European student only)

Topic: Adaptive user interfaces

User interfaces that adapt to the user’s activities, situation and knowledge can significantly improve interaction. This is particularly true of mobile devices and the next generation of smart phones are likely to have highly adaptive user interfaces. Achieving such adaptation requires techniques for learning from interaction data and modelling the user. This PhD will investigate those techniques and will develop novel adaptive user interfaces for mobile platforms.

The student will be supervised by Dr John Dowell and based in the Computer Science department within the user interaction research centre UCLIC. The research will involve a substantial collaboration with Orange Labs in west London. The studentship will provide an enhanced and tax free stipend of £18,120.

We are looking for someone who has:

• an excellent undergraduate degree in Computer Science

• an interest in user interfaces and user interaction and an interest in working with user interaction data, including running trials with users

• knowledge of computational techniques useful for adaptive systems such as agent modelling and machine learning; strong programming skills are required

• an interest in working within a multi disciplinary research centre

How to apply:

To be considered, you must fill in the general UCL application form. Please see where you can download the forms and guidelines. Make sure you specify the supervisor as John Dowell and ‘Adaptive user interfaces’ as the research subject area. The post will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. We encourage those interested to apply as soon as possible.

Start date: before October 2012

Eligibility requirements: Standard EPSRC eligibility requirements hold, so to apply you must be either a UK resident or an EU citizen having completed your B.Sc. degree at a UK university.