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Multi-Material Digital Fabrication for HCI

   School of Computer Science

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  Dr Hyunyoung Kim  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

In our lab, we explore the intersections of human-computer interaction (HCI), engineering, material science, and art to shape future interactions with intelligent objects. Imagine objects that can adapt to the shape of a human body, give haptic feedback by changing their texture, know when users get close to them and express how users can interact with them by changing their shapes. It involves investigating sensing and actuation technology, rich materials, and user appreciation of the novel technology. We provide an environment for creative exploration, international collaboration, and high-quality research. We encourage our members to have fun with our projects by pursuing boundary-pushing ideas, acquiring new knowledge, and engaging with the academic community.

This position is to develop multi-material fabrication methods by extending 3D printing technologies. It would support creativity for HCI researchers and makers, enabling them to make novel interactive objects in an automated way. There are many scientifically interesting problems in the way, such as how to plan a path for a 3D printing extruder to handle multiple materials and what the design space of the new fabrication method is.

Your responsibility:

- To prototype software and hardware system to enable a new type of fabrication

- To propose the design space of the new system

- To design and develop applications based on the system

You will work with Dr. Hyunyoung Kim ( who specializes in digital fabrication, shape-changing interfaces, and tangible interfaces. She recently joined the University of Birmingham and is building a group of motivated researchers to shape the future of interfaces. You will join the Human-Computer Interaction group in the School of Computer Science. You will have access to a new fabrication lab and the department’s robotics lab.

The University of Birmingham (UoB) is one of the Russell Group universities, which are world-class, research-intensive universities. The university appreciates diversity in their members and support them to thrive. The School of Computer Science puts a lot of effort to provide the best environment for cutting-edge research and student well-being.

A successful candidate will have:

- strong software programming skill

- hands-on experience in at least one of the following areas: electronics, mechanical engineering, digital or traditional fabrication (e.g., sewing and woodwork)

- strong team working skills and independence

- creativity and fast prototyping skills

- First or Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate degree with Distinction (or an international equivalent) in Computer Science or related area.

We also consider applicants from diverse backgrounds that have provided them with equally rich relevant experience and knowledge. Full-time and part-time study modes are available. If your first language is not English and you have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will have to provide an English language qualification. 

Funding Notes

We want our PhD student cohorts to reflect our diverse society. UoB is therefore committed to widening the diversity of our PhD student cohorts. UoB studentships are open to all and we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, including, but not limited to BAME, disabled and neuro-diverse candidates. We also welcome applications for part-time study. The position offered is for three and a half years full-time study.
The value of the award is stipend; £15,609 pa; tuition fee: £4,500. Awards are usually incremented on 1 October each year, but an earlier start will be preferable.


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