[Elsnet-list] 4 PhD studentships at Queen Mary, University of London

Matthew Purver m.purver at qmul.ac.uk
Mon Jul 2 15:16:55 CEST 2012

              PhD  Positions: Media & Arts Technology Programme.

An RCUK Centre for Doctoral Training. Queen Mary University of London.

Fully Funded Ph.D. Scholarships Available for September 2012

web: http://www.mat.qmul.ac.uk
email: mat-enquiries at eecs.qmul.ac.uk

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL), is one of the UK's leading 
research universities and is located at the heart of Europe's largest 
concentration of creative industries. We run an innovative four-year 
inter-disciplinary training programme in the science and technologies 
that are transforming the creative sector. Our aim is to produce 
graduates who combine world-class technical and creative skills with a 
unique vision of how digital technology transforms creative, economic 
and social possibilities.

Our strategic collaborators include: BBC, BT, Furtherfield, Gracenote, 
The Barbican, V+A, Goldsmiths Department of Computing, Cinimod, 
Illustrious, Inition, last.fm, Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Meridian, 
Seeper, SONY Computer Entertainment Europe, [space], Yamaha R+D, Orange 
R+D, Proctor and Gamble R+D,  The Union Chapel, United Visual Artists, 
V2_, Wildpalm, Smartlab, Culturelab, University of Newcastle, Seed Media 
group, Vitamins Design, Troika.

We have four PhD scholarships available (circa £15,700 p.a. including 
all course fees), for direct entry to the PhD programme.  Deadline for 
applications is July 13th 2012. Interviews will take place on 17th- 18th 

Two PhD scholarships are allocated for open topics, and applications 
from Psychologists, Sociologists, Linguists, Computational Linguists and 
Cognitive Scientists will be welcomed.

Two are funded by DSTL and allocated to specific research areas:
   1. Analysing and Influencing crowd behaviours though arrays of ad-hoc 
mobile sensors: How do behavioural patterns propagate through crowds? 
Can we influence crowd behaviour by providing real-time feedback and 
interaction with users?  You will collect social traces from mobile 
sensor data at events, such as music festivals.
  2. Drivers of Information and knowledge production in a Crisis 
Situation; Exploring Cross Cultural Attitudes and the Shaping of Online 
Behaviour in Crisis Situations. How are social media used to disseminate 
and gather information during crises? How can we shape strategic 
response strategies at a national level as well as cross-cultural 
responses to crisis situations?   Successful applicants for the DSTL 
projects will require security clearance.

PhD criteria
To apply for the open topic PhD scholarships you must be a UK national 
or EU national who has lived in the UK for 3 years.

To apply for the DSTL  funded PhD scholarships you must be a UK national 
or EU national and will require security clearance.

Also : be able to demonstrate academic achievement at the level of a 
first class honours degree and excellent critical and analytic skills. 
You should also have a clear aptitude for interdisciplinary research 
including some programming or mathematical ability.  We especially 
welcome applicants with interests in: cognitive science, cultural 
studies, experimental and social psychology, linguistics, media and 
communications, political science and social computing.

Apply online here:

Or email: mat-enquiries at eecs.qmul.ac.uk for further details on how to 

Matthew Purver - http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~mpurver/

Lecturer / Postgraduate Admissions Tutor

Interaction, Media and Communication
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary, University of London, London E1 4NS, UK

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