Two Paid Summer Internships at Aalto University - Deadline January 31st 2015
We seek talented, enthusiastic and motivated senior undergraduate or junior masters students for two paid summer internships in the areas of 1) Organic User Interfaces, and 2) Olfactory & Gustatory Multimodal Interaction. Positions are available for 3 months from June to August 2015 at Aalto University in Finland as part of the AScI Internships programme. This provides networking and collaborative activities to students over a wide range of fields in the 8th most liveable city in the world . We offer, stimulating research environments, the chance to work on cutting edge HCI research and almost 20 hours of daylight.
Full details on each position are below, and details on how to apply can be found on the AScI Internship pages http://asci.aalto.fi/en/internships/incoming_asci_interns/available_positions/. Applications must be received by 31st January 2015. Informal queries can be directed at the named researchers in each project.
11) Field of study: Human Computer Interaction
Department: School of Science
Professor in charge of the topic:
Academic contact person for further information on topic: Eve Hoggan,[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Title of topic: Multimodal Communication Using Shape-Changing Interfaces
Short task description:
This research involves the enhancement of standard devices using principles from Organic User Interfaces (OUI). OUIs have non-planar displays that may actively or passively change shape via analog physical inputs where the shape of the computing device itself becomes one of the variables of interactivity (see Organic User Interfaces by Vertegaal and Poupyrev, 2008). This research will take a slightly different approach by combining flexible form factors with planar displays on mobile touchscreen devices to allow users to interact with standard GUIs. These shape-changing interfaces will be used to help users with impairments communicate with their devices and other people in a more effective and expressive manner.
The detailed topic and tasks will be tailored according to the background of a successful candidate. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and user studies. Knowledge of Arduino, Processing and 3D printing would be extremely beneficial.
13) Field of study: HCI, Computer Science, Engineering
Department: Department of Media Technology
Professor in charge and for further information on topic: David McGookin,[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Title of topic: Investigating Ubiquitous Olfactory & Gustatory Feedback
Whilst Vision, Audio and Tactile interaction have been widely studied as part of a Human-Computer Interface, our other senses, Smell and Taste, have been much less studied. We know little of how they could be used in a user interface.
The primary goal of this research will be to build a prototype mobile smell or gustatory delivery system (e.g. a backpack device controlled by RaspberryPI or Arduino). This will emit scents or tastes on demand via an attached smartphone (e.g. via an Android application). Once this is done we will be able to evaluate the use of smell or taste in mobile domains (e.g. its use to help navigate pedestrians along a route, or to provide a smell or taste augmented reality experience – triggering smells or taste sensations as users walk near certain areas of the environment). There is little work in this area, so with a suitable device there is great scope for the student to bring his/her own ideas. The choice to investigate taste or smell will be undertaken in discussion with the supervisor.
The student should have skills in software development, programming and skills or strong interest in physical computing/”Making” (e.g. Arduino etc.), and a basic knowledge in HCI. Further skills in 3D printing or manufacturing would be an advantage.
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