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Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:10:54 +0100
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The Perceptual User Interfaces (PUI) research group at the Max Planck
Institute for Informatics, headed by Dr. Andreas Bulling, invites applications
for a fully funded PhD studentship on pervasive eye-based human-computer

Existing work on eye-based human-computer interaction mainly developed use
of the eyes in stationary ("desktop") settings that involved single user,
single device and WIMP-style interactions. Pervasive eye tracking - continuous
eye tracking and analysis 24/7 - promises a paradigm shift in how the eyes are
used as an input modality and points the way towards a new class of pervasive
eye-based human-computer interfaces. Pervasive eye-based human-computer
interfaces aim to analyse and exploit the information contained in visual
behaviour in all explicit and implicit interactions that people perform with
computing systems throughout the day.

The proposed PhD project will develop and study interaction techniques and
models for pervasive eye-based human-computer interaction. Potential
applications are in multimodal and attentive user interfaces, mobile virtual
reality systems, information visualisation and automotive interfaces. The
research will be experimental, using stationary and portable eye tracking
equipment and wearable sensor systems, and will involve controlled user
studies and data collection in daily life settings. In addition to
experimental skills, the work will require to develop a thorough understanding
of cognitive and physical ergonomics, the design and implementation of
prototype interactive systems, as well as statistical data analysis techniques
suitable for evaluating and characterising human-computer interfaces.

The research directions of particular interest include but are not limited to:

    * Interaction techniques and models for pervasive eye-based single and
      multi-user human-computer interaction

    * Real-time user interfaces that rely on multiple input modalities, such
      as gaze, body movements or speech

    * Pervasive eye-based interaction for security and privacy, information
      visualisation, and mobile virtual reality

The Max Planck Institute for Informatics offers a highly collegiate and
stimulating environment for doctoral research training. The successful
candidate will join a young and ambitious research group that is at the
forefront of this emerging research area. The candidate will be expected to
contribute to the strong profile of the group by participating in the
preparation and publication of research results at the level of international

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals, who are able to work
independently and have an excellent first degree in Computer Science or
a related field relevant to the proposed research, and very good knowledge
of human-computer interaction or media informatics. The studentship is not
restricted by nationality. Interested applicants are advised to consult
previous work on pervasive eye-based human-computer interaction [1,2,3].
Applicants are also strongly encouraged to initiate contact with Dr. Andreas
Bulling prior to their application.

Applicants should submit their CV, a copy of school and university degree and
course transcripts with grades (Abitur, Vor- and Hauptdiplom for German
applicants), names and contact information of two references, a description of
research interests and a short research proposal. Incomplete applications will
not be considered. Applications should be emailed to [log in to unmask]
Review of applications will start on 1st March 2013. Applications are accepted
until the position is filled.

[1] Y. Zhang, A. Bulling, H. Gellersen (2013) SideWays: A Gaze Interface for
Spontaneous Interaction with Situated Displays, Proc. CHI 2013, to appear

[2] J. Turner, A. Bulling, H. Gellersen (2012) Extending the Visual Field of
a Head-Mounted Eye Tracker for Pervasive Eye-Based Interaction,
Proc. ETRA 2012: pages 269-272

[3] A. Bulling, H. Gellersen (2010) Toward Mobile Eye-Based Human-Computer
Interaction, IEEE Pervasive Computing, 9(4):8-12

Contact information:

Dr. Andreas Bulling
Perceptual User Interfaces Group
Max Planck Institute for Informatics
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