The University of Tasmania is seeking applications for Ph.D. degree level study and research at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory – Australia (HITLab AU). The Elite Scholarships provide a stipend of AUD $32,000pa plus other benefits as described below.
The HITLab AU is a university-wide multidisciplinary research and teaching facility currently hosted by the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Tasmania. Established in 2008, the Lab has instituted a vibrant teaching program in human interface and advanced media technology with a current enrollment of 82 students. The Lab is situated on the Newnham campus in Launceston, Tasmania.
The Lab is a partner of the world-leading HITLab US based at the University of Washington in Seattle, and, in conjunction with the HITLab NZ at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, shares its goals of developing revolutionary interfaces that transform how people interact with computers and improve the human experience.
HITLab AU brings virtual/mixed reality technologies to the Launceston campuses with a focus on design, visualisation, simulation/training and games. A key development will be collaborative teaching and research programs with schools and disciplines including Computing & Information Systems, Architecture & Design, Visual & Performing Arts, Human Life Sciences, Nursing, Education, Human Movement, and the Australian Maritime College.
Special facilities in HITLab AU include Surface Research equipment and in particular the VisionSpace, a three-screen immersive stereo projection system enabling groups of people to view and interact intuitively with virtual 3D data, and an Access Grid, a high-end, collaborative communication facility including HD videoconferencing capabilities.
The mission of the HITLab AU is to empower people by building advanced human-computer interface technology that will unlock the power of human intelligence, link minds globally, and improve the quality of life worldwide. Locating the HITLab Australia within Tasmania allows us to explore new forms of interface technology made possible by infrastructures such as the National Broadband Network and mobile ubiquitious computing to realise interfaces in the wild.
Human interface technology is broadly defined as hardware, software, human factors and media technology that provide an interactive high bandwidth pathway between humans and machines enabling vital tasks and applications. With the appropriate design and application, human interface technology is intended to:
In this regard the HIT Lab Australia is developing a suite of new tools and interface technologies in the following areas:
These research thrusts intersect with pervasive application domains in heath and well being (especially aged care), agriculture, digital media and design, education and training and other fields such as mining, marine sciences and environmental monitoring.
These applications serve as ‘pulls’ to the technology ‘pushes’ above.
By necessity, the research and applications above require a multidisciplinary team for accomplishment. We are looking for students with strong skill sets in computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, human factors engineering, bioengineering, experimental psychology, health sciences, design and the arts. Candidates in these disciplines who have a strong desire to work in a multidisciplinary setting and on pervasive problems are encouraged to apply.
Qualified students should submit an expression of interest to the HITLab AU Elite Scholars program by emailing the following information in PDF:
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School of Computing and Information Systems
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Authorised by the Dean of Graduate Research
27 February, 2013