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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD Studentship - REINS Project, UK


PhD Studentship - REINS Project, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (Duration: 3 years) Sheffield Hallam University

Applications are invited for an EPSRC 3 year fully funded PhD studentship working on the REINS 
project to begin on 1st September 2011 or as soon as possible after that date.

The REINS research group, based at Sheffield Hallam University in cooperation with King's College, 
London, is researching and designing a haptic communicational interface between a human agent and 
a mobile robotic guide. Expertise from design, engineering, robotics and communication will be 
brought to bear on the interface design. This interface ('reins') will facilitate joint navigation 
and inspection of space under low visibility conditions.

The aim of the PhD studentship is to contribute to the trial, evaluation and possible re-design of
the initial interface prototypes.

Candidates should have a good honours degree and/or a postgraduate qualification in a relevant 
subject (e.g. computing, engineering, psychology, communication studies, design and technology) 
with a good understanding of interest in one or more of the following areas:

- Human-machine interaction
- User-orientated design
- Communication

Suitable candidates must be able to work successfully in a technical engineering environment as 
part of a multi-disciplinary project team as well as being able to work with outside agencies 
(including South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Guide Dogs for the Blind).

This project is fully funded at EPSRC rates:

- EU Fee i.e. 2011/12 3710 any applicants classed as overseas fee payers should bear in mind that
they are responsible for paying the difference between the EU fee and the Overseas fee.

- Bursary rate 2011/12: 13,590


Applications must be made using the Sheffield Hallam University Postgraduate Application Form 
which can be found at CVs will NOT be accepted. The deadline for 
applications is 27th June 2011. Interviews will be held the week commencing 11th July 2011. 
All applications should be sent to

The project will be supervised by Dr Jacques Penders and Dr Peter Jones of Sheffield Hallam University.

Further Information
For an informal discussion regarding this Studentship please contact Jacques Penders at Applications sent to this address will not be accepted.

Closing Date 04/07/2011