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Tue, 21 Jan 2003 13:21:30 -0600
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Two positions are available in Glasgow within the Equator project
(, to work on human-computer interaction and
adaptive context-aware systems involving mobile devices, hypermedia,
distributed systems and visualisation.  Equator aims to develop
innovative technologies, theories, methods and applications by
focusing on the convergence of traditional and digital media, and by
bringing together people from Computing Science, Psychology,
Sociology, Art and Design.  The project spans eight UK academic
institutions, has EPSRC funding of roughly 10M, and lasts six years.
The project carries out long term 'blue sky' research, looking at a
broad design space covering culture, work, play, performance, the
home and the city. It has already gained considerable success in
research publications and presence, for example in having five full
papers accepted for ACM CHI 2003.

REF  635/02
RA2  -  25,415 - 33,679
The first position is in the core of the Equator project, in
particular the City project (,
and is open from March 2003 to March 2005.  This project deals with
interaction between people using heterogeneous media such as wearable
computers, 2D hypermedia and 3D virtual environments.  It operates in
the domain of cultural information and social interaction, has been
running for over a year, and has achieved a number of top-level
publications.  The position involves integrating and extending
multiple UbiComp technologies, and taking a leading role in the
coordination of the day-to-day programming of several colleagues.

REF  636/02
RA1A  -  18,265 - 20,311
The second position is in a new project dealing with ubiquitous
computing and visualisation for environmental science.  Set in the
streets of London and the lakes of Antarctica, 'Advanced Grid
Interfaces for Environmental e-Science' is linked to the City project
in that it will use similar infrastructure and explore similar
interaction and user modelling issues.  This position is open now and
will run until August 2004.

Applicants should have significant experience in human-computer
interaction, preferably with a Ph.D. in HCI or a related area, and
should be skilled in programming and system development.  They should
be willing and able to work as part of an interdisciplinary group
that explores and extends unusual combinations of technologies,
design approaches and theories.  They should be prepared to write and
publish academic papers.  More generally, they should be able to work
and communicate well with others, so as to help maintain local group
synergy, cross-site community, and international research presence.
Applicants for Ref:  635/02 should also be able to coordinate the
day-to-day programming activities of a small group of colleagues.

RAs would be based in Glasgow, working primarily with the Equator
site leader, Dr. Matthew Chalmers.  RAs would be encouraged to visit
other Equator sites for workshops and meetings, to further the
project's internal collaboration, technology transfer and sense of
community. Participation and publication at demonstrations,
conferences and workshops would also be supported, particularly as
Equator publishes at a high level and often.

Glasgow's focus is on the city, building novel interactive systems
for factual and cultural information.  In collaboration with local
cultural institutions and industrial affiliates, we aim to combine
traditional and new media to promote people's understanding of where
they live, and to enhance wayfinding and access to information,
places and people. Equator sites in Nottingham, Bristol and UCL will
be close partners for this work.

Further information and forms relating to this post are available from:
Miss Jacqui Brannan, Department of Computing Science, University of
Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK.  (0141 330 6037, email [log in to unmask])

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Chalmers, Computing
Science, email: [log in to unmask]

Applications (3 copies of c.v. and covering letter) giving the names
of two academic referees should be sent by 31 January 2003.  In reply
please quote reference