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PhD studentship in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bath,
UK.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship at the University of
Bath, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
(EPSRC) as part of the Cityware project.  This is a major collaborative
project investigating mobile and pervasive systems and urban design.
Project partners include the University of Bath, Imperial College
London, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, HP Labs,
Vodafone, Nokia, IBM, Node and Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The PhD student will be based at the University of Bath and at HP Labs
Bristol.  The PhD research will focus on security, privacy and trust as
concerns of the users of mobile and pervasive systems in urban
environments. 
The work will first deepen our understanding of user requirements,
perceptions and reasoning about trust- and risk-related issues in urban
social and public spaces, involving both peer-to-peer interactions and
interactions with networked services.  This study will collect and add
to what is known psychologically, sociologically and architecturally.
The analysis will consider how trust relates, for different types of
user, to factors such as social acceptability and convenience.  This
trust analysis, combined with a threat analysis developed by a
collaborating researcher, will lead into the development of techniques
for securing users of mobile and pervasive systems against attacks on
security and privacy.  This will lead to new security protocols and to
design implications for spaces, architectural features, devices, and
services.  These developments will be tested in a range of applications
developed with the project partners.

The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Eamonn O'Neill (Computer
Science) and Dr Danae Stanton Fraser (Psychology) at the University of
Bath and will work closely with Dr Tim Kindberg (HP Labs).  The student
will divide his/her time between the University and HP Labs.  The
student will work closely with a post-doctoral Research Associate who
will also spend time at both sites.  In addition, there will be
significant interaction and collaboration with the other project
partners, both academic and industrial.

The ideal candidate will have a good first degree or MSc in a relevant
subject (e.g. Computer Science, Psychology or a Design discipline) and a
strong interest in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with mobile and
pervasive systems.

The project begins on 1 October 2005 and applications should be made as
soon as possible.  Potential applicants are welcome to contact Eamonn
O'Neill for informal discussions or enquiries, either by phone (01225
383216) or email ([log in to unmask]).  General information about
studying for a PhD at Bath, including an application form, is available
at: 
http://www.bath.ac.uk/grad-office/


--
Dr Eamonn O'Neill
Director of Postgraduate Research Studies Department of Computer Science
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY UK

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