Studentships available at IDC

Studentships available at IDC

Research Studentships at the Interaction Design Centre, University of

Limerick, Ireland

The Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick (Ireland) is an

interdisciplinary research group in the Department of Computer Science and

Information Systems focused on the design, use and evaluation of information

and communications technologies. The focus is on human-centred design, with

a strong interest in collaborative settings, exploring the design and use of

novel interactive and communicative artefacts to support human activities.

Several national and international research projects currently investigated

at the IDC focus on topics such as ubiquitous computing, interaction design,

haptic and auditory interfaces, interactive installations in public spaces

and computer-supported cooperative work.

The Centre is offering 2 full-time Master’s research studentships on a newly

funded Science Foundation Ireland research project -“Re-Shaping Spaces in

Places for Nomadic Users of Interactive Artefacts” The project is led by

Luigina Ciolfi, IDC, and also involves Prof. Liam Bannon, Director, IDC.

Duration: 2 years, starting October 2004

Salary scale: Standard SFI Rates (approx. E17,000-E18,000 per annum

including fees, depending on experience).

The research will investigate how to take seriously the specific features of

locations – their history, architectural features, use by various groups,

changing nature over time periods, etc. can affect the provision of

location-based services for mobile workers who traverse these places. The

project will explore the work practice of nomadic users and will seek to

identify requirements for the design of mobile technologies based on

people’s use and experience of place. Prototypes of interactive artefacts

will be developed and tested throughout the project.

We are seeking two candidates for the position of research assistant willing

to pursue a Masters of Science on the project.

One Masters Student will be concerned with the technical development of the

project, the exploration of mobile technologies to support nomadic workers

and dynamically adapt to a variety of workplaces. The other Masters Student

will be involved in conducting field studies, analysis, and developing

design workshops involving end-users.

Successful applicants will join a highly skilled and motivated team of

researchers in the IDC who are conducting research at the boundaries of

human-computer interaction, creating novel environments that merge our

physical and digital worlds.

Applicants should submit a full CV (electronic or paper version) by July

15th 2004 to

Ms. Anne Murphy,

Interaction Design Centre,

University of Limerick, Ireland


Each application must indicate the key area and topics that the candidate

is interested in, and describe their research background and interests in

that area and topic. Candidates should be available for interview during


Candidates are expected to have at least a 2.1 Honours Degree or equivalent

in a relevant subject. Familiarity with HCI and Interaction Design theory

and practice is an advantage. Conditional awards can be made if students

have yet to receive their final degree classification.

Candidates who wish to discuss these positions may contact Luigina Ciolfi by

email at

For more information on the Interaction Design Centre, please visit our

website at