Full-time PhD Studentship in Intelligent Informing in Context

The School of Computing
Job Type
Full Time
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Job Summary




Applications are invited for a fully funded 3 year PhD studentship within the School of Computing.

The studentship will cover the UK/European Union rate of tuition fees and will include a standard living allowance at the RCUK rate (currently £14,296 p.a.). Applicants from outside of the European Union should demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to top up the fees to the overseas rate.

The Project

Data generated and shared in large international corporations is large. It can be difficult for analyst to keep track of everything or to be aware of everything. Plus getting knowledge of the business when being newly appointed can be difficult. Sharing this knowledge is sometimes difficult because of time constraints or because you will not necessary be in the room to explain or contextualise your report. Therefore there is a need for guided analytics offerings providing customised information served by a clever recommendation engine.

The specific topic of the PhD will be discussed between the student and supervisors but we expect it to fit with the broad themes listed below:

• How to bring relevant information to people, based on learned activity patterns, presented seamlessly in context with greatest efficiency
• Intelligent alerting: proactively delivering timely and relevant information in a form immediately accessible and easily actionable
• Interactive Data Visualisation presenting large and disparate data sources with low latency and high legibility, sensitive to visual context of the users environment

Background: The studentship is supported by a partnership between the business intelligence department of The Walt Disney Company Ltd and the School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). The supervisor team includes Professor Kenny Mitchell (Research Head, The Walt Disney Company Ltd & ENU), Dr Bruno Gagliardo (Disney Data Scientist), and Dr Taoxin Peng (ENU Data Scientist). There is a generous additional equipment and conference travel budget associated with the project, including visits to Disney EMEA headquarters in Hammersmith, London and Disney's Research labs in Edinburgh and Zurich. The further team of collaborators include Dr Brian McWilliams (Senior Research Scientist, Disney Research Zurich) and Alistair Lawson (Reader, ENU).

Candidate Profile
Interested applicants should:

• Have a first class or upper second class Honours degree, or a Masters degree, in a discipline relevant to the area of study.
• Demonstrate excellent level of spoken and written English (applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University's English language requirements)
• Prove highly motivated to tackle challenging research problems
• Possess good interpersonal skills and show willingness to work as part of a team
• The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
Closing Date: 24 June 2016
Interview Date: scheduled from mid-July to early August 2016
Expected start date: September 2016

If you are successful in being shortlisted for interview you will be sent a letter of invitation by email at least one week in advance of the interview date. Those who have not been contacted by 15th July should assume that they have been unsuccessful.

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting equality in the workplace and encourages diversity. We currently hold a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award.

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2016-06-03 00:00:00
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Full-time PhD Studentship in Intelligent Informing in Context

Closing Date

UK/European Union rate of tuition fees and standard living allowance at the RCUK rate (currently £14,296 p.a.). See advert text for full details. How to Apply

Your application and supporting documents (see checklist included in the application form) should be emailed directly to Francoise Chevalier on f.chevalier@napier.ac.uk by the closing date.
Contact Details

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Kenny Mitchell K.Mitchell2@napier.ac.uk.
Applications should be sent to Francoise Chevalier on f.chevalier@napier.ac.uk by the closing date.