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How to design and develop animal technologies, including domesticated and zoo animals

   School of Computing Science

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  Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship at the University of Glasgow in Animal-Computer Interaction as part of the Glasgow Interactive System Section (GIST) for up to three years. The start date is flexible after January 2022. 

We are looking for a PhD student to join the Animal-Computer Interaction group to investigate how to design and develop animal technologies, including domesticated and zoo animals. Taking research takes insights from Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) this project aims to 1) develop novel devices the animals can control themselves and 2) look at how animals can interact with computers. This PhD will conduct fundamental research to improve our knowledge around the future of animal technologies. The results will have profound implications on how we design and prototype user-centred systems for animals. The project is open towards an applicants research direction within animal computing, but there are also several topics in mind. 

Person Specification

The ideal candidate has a strong background in computing, especially in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with good programming and interface design skills. Applicants should also be equipped with the necessary technical skills to conduct empirical research (i.e., quantitative experiments conducted in the lab or the wild or qualitative observational studies). Relevant previous research experience is also desirable but not required. 

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 31 January 2022, with positions starting in fall 2022. You can read more about the application process and entry requirements on the schools' website. Before January, you will need to make sure that you get in touch so that Dr Hirskyj-Douglas can help support the application to give you the best chance of success. For the home and international students, the University of Glasgow scholarship will cover your fees and provide a stipend, though these are limited and competitive for international students. If you are a student from China, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) will support your international fee and stipend. You can find a complete list of projects and funding opportunities on the School of Computer Science webpage

For more information about the application procedure, advice on applying, and the topic, see For an informal conversation around the project, please contact Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas ([Email Address Removed]). 


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