[Infovis] PhD Position in Data Physicalization and AR - University of Bath

Jason Alexander jma73 at bath.ac.uk
Tue Jan 19 13:07:48 CET 2021

I have a funded PhD position in Data Physicalization and AR open in my new group at the University of Bath, deadline January 31. Please share with any great candidates.

Full details: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/understanding-the-digital-physical-trade-offs-in-mixed-reality-data-physicalizations/?p128319

Data Physicalization is the physical analogy of Data Visualization---physicalizations convey data using an artefact's geometry or material properties. Data Physicalizations range from static 3D-printed artefacts to fully interactive dynamic bar charts that can update their physical form as a user interacts (see the dataphys website<http://dataphys.org/list/gallery/> for a list of examples). From a scientific perspective, this is a relatively new field of study that brings together researchers across Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Design, Engineering and Information Visualization.

This technologically exciting project aims to understand the role and trade-offs of digital content in dynamic data physicalizations. You will design and construct a testbed that combines dynamic data physicalizations with Augmented Reality (AR) interfaces (such as the Microsoft Hololens). You will then explore the design space of digital/physical data display and human-data interaction, and empirically evaluate the resulting interfaces and interaction techniques to understand how mixed-reality data physicalizations can provide benefits over traditional data visualizations. Your work will lead to guidelines that will lay the foundation for the design of all future data physicalizations. You will publish your results at the top venues in HCI and Information Visualisation, including ACM CHI, ACM UIST, and IEEE VIS.

Prof Alexander<http://www.jasonalexander.kiwi/> recently joined the University of Bath and is building a group of researchers that conduct visionary blue-skies research into interactive systems that cross the digital-physical boundary, including shape-changing displays and dynamic data physicalizations. You will join the Human-Computer Interaction group in the Department of Computer Science; the group hosts a growing cluster of excellent PhD students and academics working across a wide spectrum of HCI topics. You will have access to a new hardware prototyping lab and the group's usability lab.

Do get in touch if you have any questions!
Professor Jason Alexander
Department of Computer Science
University of Bath

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