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Tue, 16 Dec 2008 12:05:32 +0100
Willem-Paul Brinkman <[log in to unmask]>
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
(EEMCS) is known world wide for its high academic quality and social
relevance of its research programs. The faculty’s excellent facilities
accentuate its international position in teaching and research. The
faculty offers an interdisciplinary setting for its 500 employees, 350 PhD
students and 1700 undergraduates. Together they work on a broad range of
technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy,
telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and
software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.
EEMCS: Your Connection to the Future.

The section Man-Machine Interaction aims to design and build intelligent
support systems and gain an understanding of the way humans experience
such systems. The group works at the cross-roads of visual perception,
virtual reality, multi-modal communication, cognitive engineering, and
artificial intelligence applied in domains as negotiation, health care,
crisis management, display quality and experiences.

MMI wishes to expand its research in applied visual perception related to
virtual reality (VR). Several display devices have been developed, ranging
from very small displays on mobile devices to large, CAVE-like VR systems.
This range of displays is primarily developed with different applications
in mind, and thus, the constraints to image quality also differ. For each
display type, we want to understand how to optimize image quality to
provide an optimal viewing experience. Additionally, it is assumed that
these different types of display systems evoke different levels of
immersion and experience. Thus, it is important to know to what extent
these different levels of immersion affect the sense of presence in the
displayed image content for the viewers, and as such, influence their
feelings, performance, natural behaviour and attitude in various contexts
such as: 1) Feeling connected to or present with other (virtual) people in
a social context, e.g. education, gaming, or electronic partners; 2)
Therapy to overcome phobias such as fear of heights or social contacts, or
screening for post-traumatic stress disorder; 3) Trust in human-human
(human-avatar) social communication, e.g. during negotiation; 4) Trust in
the evaluation of products, e.g. in the context of selling/buying a
product. An additional parameter is the way the context is rendered on
each display device.

We seek a post-doc who is highly motivated to conduct research in the
field of visual perception in collaboration with other group members.
Ideally, candidates should have a PhD in the area of applied visual
perception and an affinity for the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
The post-doc is also expected to participate in writing research
proposals, for example a NWO-VENI. Furthermore, the post-doc will be
involved in the daily coaching of both Dutch and international PhD
students working in the area of visual perception research. The candidate
will work closely with Prof. Dr. I. Heynderickx, Dr. Ir. W-P. Brinkman,
and Dr. S. Oomes. For more information, please contact W-P Brinkman
([log in to unmask]), or Ingrid Heynderickx
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Information and application
For more information about this position, please contact Willem-Paul
Brinkman, phone: +31(0)15-2783534, e-mail: [log in to unmask] To
apply, please send a detailed CV and publication list along with a letter
of application by 16 January, 2009 to Mekelweg 4, 2628 CD  Delft, The
Netherlands, or e-mail to: [log in to unmask]
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