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Fri Jun 19 2009

Support: Speech Science: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

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        1.    Maria Wolters, Speech Science: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, UK

Message 1: Speech Science: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, UK
Date: 19-Jun-2009
From: Maria Wolters <maria.woltersed.ac.uk>
Subject: Speech Science: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, UK
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Institution/Organization: University of Edinburgh
Department: School of Informatics
Web Address: http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics
Human-Computer Interaction


Multimodal Reminders in the Home

3.5 year PhD studentship at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

The project will investigate the effects of aging and hearing loss on the
usability and intelligibility of auditory reminders in the home environment.
Speech and non-speech audio reminders will be compared systematically under a
variety of realistic conditions. Experiments will be based on a dual-task
paradigm, where participants perform a distractor task while attending to and/or
acting on auditory reminders.

The project is a collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, Glasgow
(Prof. Brewster, Dr. McGee-Lennon), and the Department of Speech and Hearing
Sciences, Queen Margaret University (Pauline Campbell, Christine DePlacido). The
successful candidate will be working closely with a PhD candidate at Glasgow who
will be specialising in multimodal reminders, in particular tactile and
olfactory reminders. Both candidates will collaborate on a pilot reminder system
that will be trialled in users' homes.

This project would suit candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including
human-computer interaction, speech science, audiology, medical physics,
rehabilitation engineering, ergonomics, phonetics, or cognitive psychology.

All applicants should have completed their first degree before taking up the
post. Applicants should have at least basic programming skills (at least one of
Java, C++, Python). Skills in experimental design and statistics are highly
desirable. Familiarity with software such as SPSS, matlab, or R is a bonus.
Applicants should also be open to qualitative approaches to research.

The position is fully funded for 3.5 years through a stipend from the UK
Engineering Physical Sciences and Research Council. The stipend is currently
around £12900 per annum. In addition, fees for UK and European students are

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, came top in the last UK
Research Assessment Exercise. The School offers a wide range of support and
courses for post-graduate students. For further information about the Centre for
Speech Technology Reseach, Edinburgh, see the website listed above.

For further information about the Informatics PhD programme, see

For more information about the Multimodal Interaction Group, Glasgow, see

For more information about Speech and Hearing Sciences , QMU, see

The successful candidate will start on October 1, 2009. Provisionally, the
supervisors will be Prof Steve Renals, Dr Maria Wolters, and Dr Marilyn
McGee-Lennon (Glasgow).

For further information, please contact Dr Maria Wolters at the email listed below.

Applications Deadline: 01-Sep-2009

Web Address for Applications: http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply.html

Contact Information:
        Dr Maria Wolters

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