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"Clara.Mancini" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 7 Feb 2017 23:05:52 +0000
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PhD studentship: Dog-Smart Homes Project, ACI Lab, The Open University, UK
Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship for an outstanding applicant to work on an ongoing research and development project at the Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) Lab<>, School of Computing and Communications, The Open University, UK, in collaboration with UK charity Dogs for Good<> and co-funded by the Petplan Charitable Trust<>.
The Dog-Smart Homes Project aims to improve the working environment of mobility assistance dogs through canine-smart interfaces and technologies for the home and beyond. In particular, the purpose of the PhD studentship is to research and develop, starting from existing prototypes, a kit of portable smart controls enabling assistance dogs to easily operate a range of domestic devices and appliances. More generally, this doctoral work is expected to make design and methodological contributions to the emerging discipline of ACI.
The successful applicant will have a solid background in computing and interaction design, or equivalent. They will be proficient in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and understand the core values and approaches of user-centred design with regards to requirements, design and evaluation. They will have prototyping skills and an enthusiasm for product design, and will work well both as a part of a team and independently. They will be a personable, respectful and sensitive person both towards humans and dogs, and will enjoy working with both.
If successful, you will do your doctoral work with the guidance of Dr Clara Mancini, Head of the ACI Lab, who will be your main supervisor. You will be based at The Open University main campus in Milton Keynes, UK, but frequently visit Dogs for Goodís headquarters in nearby Banbury as well as the homes of some of their clients, in order to conduct requirements elicitation and evaluation studies.
If you would like to discuss this position, please contact Dr Clara Mancini: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
To apply, email [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> and [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> the following documentation:

∑       your curriculum vitae

∑       a cover letter discussing your interest in and suitability for this position

∑       a completed application form<>
Applications closing date: 7th March 2017
Start date: as soon as possible following appointment
Background reading
Mancini, C., Li, S., O'Connor, G., Valencia, J., Edwards, D., McCain, H. (2016). Towards Multispecies Interaction Environments: Extending Accessibility to Canine Users. Proc. Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, ACIí16, ACM Press.

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