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Interactive visualisation for understanding big data

Project Description

A fully funded PhD scholarship is available with the Human-in-the-Loop Analytics (HiLA) program at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

HiLA is a Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP) that has been established to allow Monash University and its Industry partners to collaborate on common research objectives.
With the support of Monash’ partners, HiLA PhD scholarships are provided with significant benefits beyond other scholarships on offer. These benefits include:

A fully funded PhD scholarship with Monash University that is available for domestic (Australian) and international students. The 3 to 3.5 year award covers all course fees and a $30,000 AUD per year tax-free stipend;
An internship with the Industry partner - where PhD candidates will spend a portion of their candidature located on site and being supported by the partner;
Access to real world problems supported by real world data;
Where the industry partner is located overseas or interstate, travel and accommodation (when working on site with the partner);
Travel and incidental support for conferences;
Enrollment in the HiLA professional development program;

All HiLA PhD scholarships will commence in Semester 2, 2019.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Barrett Ens and Dr Sarah Goodwin from the Faculty of Information Technology.

The specific project centers around the following research opportunity:

EBM Papst Project - Interactive visualisation for understanding big data

This project will explore the use of visualisation and interaction to increase human understanding of big data. The candidate will research novel approaches that can drive improved business decision making by putting big data within reach of everyday users. Outcomes of this research will provide business owners with new insights to their operations.

This project overlaps Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and information visualisation, where information must be drawn from big data sources and synthesised into a consumable format. Big data sources are populated by the many IOT devices built by EBM Papst. Ideal candidates should have strong skills in data visualisation and HCI, with a good understanding of Big Data, IOT, Data Science and AI in general.

While the visualisation approaches investigated are anticipated to benefit a wide range of end-users, EBM Papst have established IOT infrastructure and data warehouse to prototype poultry farms in Europe that will provide the data for this research. In addition, they have an established team including data scientist that will be supporting the project. As such, the candidate will be provided with the domain knowledge to apply visualization approaches to this domain.

This project will be supervised by members of the Monash Immersive Analytics research group, along with on-site internships with EBM Papst. EBM Papst is the global leading manufacturer and supplier of fans, blowers and air moving products and have partnered with Monash to support this research project. The candidate will have access to the domain knowledge, data and resources from Monash University and EBM Papst. It also provides the opportunity for research to be tested and implemented in solving real-world problems during the project cycle.

Candidates must fill out the online to Request to Apply form, which can be found at:

Please make sure you indicate that the PhD Topic is “Interactive visualisation for understanding big data”;

In addition to filling out the form, a copy of your academic transcripts and CV should be emailed to .

Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, and/or a distinction in a research Masters degree with relevant experience (e.g., data analysis, artificial intelligence, social informatics, psychology, human-computer interaction or data visualisation). Review of applications will begin immediately and short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. The successful candidate will be invited to apply to Monash with the deadline for applications being the the 31st May 2018.

International students that can demonstrate English proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Funding Notes

A fully funded PhD scholarship with Monash University that is available for domestic (Australian) and international students. The 3 to 3.5 year award covers all course fees and a $30,000 AUD per year tax-free stipend.

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