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"ACM SIGCHI General Interest Announcements (Mailing List)" <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 09:09:21 +0100
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The University of Oldenburg, Germany, offers from April 1st, 2008 a  
PhD scholarship to applicants with excellent study results in  
Computer Science or closely related disciplines.

Phd scholarship - Pervasive automotive user interfaces for car  
navigation and orientation

In recent years, we have been facing a rapid development of in-car  
information systems. At the same time interfaces in cars have become  
more complex and traffic complexity has increased. So far the main  
user interface metaphor was using visual displays, haptic knobs and  
buttons as well as speech in- and output. Given recent work in the  
field it can be assumed that other modalities such as haptics and  
ambient sound can be used as an additional channel for information  
visualization while remaining unobtrusive and not straining the  
cognitive load. In this field, we aim to advance our existing work in  
the field of non-visual user interfaces for navigation and  
orientation for the blind and transfer it into the automotive domain  
where the visual sense is mainly occupied with the driving task. This  
includes requirements engineering, design of information  
representation, user interface design as well as evaluation of the  
developed system in a simulation environment.

PhD scholarships will be provided at Euro 1,365.- per month plus Euro  
103.- for non-personal costs. This is the net income; no taxes are  
raised on these scholarships. Surcharges are allotted based on  
marital status and number of children. Scholarships will be granted  
for up to three years. The program is financed by the German Research  
Foundation (DFG) and supported by industrial corporations.  For more  
information on entrance requirements and admission procedure please  
contact the chair of the graduate school (address below) and refer to

Applications should be submitted before December 14th, 2007 to the  
chair of the Graduate School (preferably earlier, but later  
submissions are also possible, please check the web page above).  
Both, hardcopy and electronic submissions are expected. PDF-Files  
should be sent to [log in to unmask] One  
hardcopy should be sent to the chair of the graduate school:

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring
Department for Computer Science, FK-II
University of Oldenburg, D-26111
Oldenburg, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)441/7982992, -4521, Fax: +49 (0)441/7982196

For all questions on the subjects of the scholarship in the field of  
automotive user interface please feel free to contact Prof. Dr.  
Susanne Boll, [log in to unmask] and send also  
one electronic copy of the application to her.

Why come to Oldenburg? Oldenburg is a very nice city in the northwest  
of Germany with around 150.000 inhabitants ( 
stadtol/index.php?L=1). With regard to computer science, the  
University of Oldenburg has a strong department with 18 faculty  
members and around 800 stundents in BSc, MSc and PhD programmes.  
Associated with the university is the  Oldenburg Institute for  
Information Technology (OFFIS,  
which is a dynamic research institute with international orientation.  
We offer an interesting working environment for our staff and  
excellent opportunities for professional and personal scientific  

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Wilko Heuten
OFFIS - Multimedia and Internet Information Services
Fon: +49 441 9722-171  -  Fax: +49 441 9722-102
Escherweg 2 - 26121 Oldenburg -

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