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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:54:19 +0100
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PhD studentship - Visualising cultural data - academic-industrial
partnership (London)

A PhD studentship is available at the Royal College of Art in London,
funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The
funding includes the fees and a living allowance. This is a collaboration
with industry, based at System Simulation, a research-led software
engineering company in central London with a distinguished record of
working with museums and other cultural organisations. The studentship
provides a strong base on which to develop an industrial or academic

The aim of the research is to reveal new knowledge by visualising diverse
large datasets in rich interactive timelines and related graphical
displays. Our principal aim will be public understanding of historical and
other data - making complex patterns visible at a glance - though the
visualisation tools will be adaptable to advanced use by researchers,
curators, historians, and others. The work presents a wealth of research
problems among which the successful applicant is encouraged to identify a
distinctive path.

The right applicant will have a strong desire to combine in-depth study
and practical development. Your experience will include the design and
development of interactive software. A software engineer may be the ideal
candidate, but others with significant development experience are welcome
to apply. You will be enthusiastic, and preferably knowledgeable, about
visualisation and visual analytics, and have some understanding of working
with large datasets. You will be committed to evaluation as well as
making, since it is essential that the products of the research are usable
and likeable as well as functioning to a high technical standard. See the
documents online for further detailsŠ


	On RCA site:;GroupID=161452

Closing date 17 May 2012.  Studentship to begin no later than 30 September
2012 ­ an earlier start is preferred.

To discuss academic / industrial aspects of the studentship, email
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To discuss administrative / financial aspects, email
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An indication of past work by the academic director of this research can
be seen here:  The Royal
College of Art is a world-renowned postgraduate-only institution. In
RAE2008 its research had the highest "world-leading" ranking of all
submissions that combined art and design.

You may also be interested in other funded research opportunities listed
at the same URL, including The AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub: Innovation and
Knowledge Exchange in Digital Public Space.


Stephen Boyd Davis | Research Leader, School of Design | Royal College of
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU, United Kingdom

Wanda Polanski (School of Design) 44 (0)20 7590 4352
Personal extension 44 (0)20 7590 4343

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