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Training Solutions for e-Sports Players (HCI Lab)

   Faculty of Informatics Masaryk University

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About the Project

PhD in Computer Science: Human Computer Interaction and Training Solutions for E-Sports Players

A PhD position is available at the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab) at the Department of Visual Computing, Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Brno is the second largest Czech city with a rich history, splendid surroundings, several universities and several scientific parks. Masaryk University is the largest university in Brno with about 30,000 students and the second largest in the Czech Republic. Faculty of Informatics is the oldest and leading academic centre for education and research in computer science in the Czech Republic with about 2,000 students.

The focus of the HCI Lab has been established to carry out broad research of human-machine interfaces, especially on its recently most popular aspects, including games and mixed reality environments. Over the last years, e-sports has become a mass phenomenon, attracting players and millions of spectators alike. This has opened up the potential for novel research at the intersection of e-sports and Human-Computer Interaction. Training is essential to be successful in the competitive gaming scene but research on this aspect is currently limited.

The aim of this PhD position is to develop solutions to assist e-sports players - and those who would like to become one - in training (e.g., sensorimotor, cognitive, emotional competencies). This will first require an analysis of how e-sport players are training, what skills they are training and which are needed to be successful in e-sports, and how/what is missing to support training. Based on insights of this analysis, solutions will need to be developed. These solutions can range, for instance, from visualizations to digital training program(s) with personalized feedback and integrated analytics/dashboards. In the last step, the developed solution(s) will need to be evaluated with established and/or aspiring e-sports players. This topic is suitable for PhD candidates interested in HCI, visualizations, and games user research.

The announced PhD position is funded with a stipend of net value at least 29 000 CZK per month (this amount consists of the standard doctoral stipend and the extra departmental supplement of 10 000 CZK per month), which is approximately 1 100 EUR and is above the level of an average net salary in the Czech Republic. The stipend is granted to the successful applicant for the first 2 years, with an expected renewal (after an evaluation) for another 2 years. The total length of study is 4 years.

The student is expected to have (or be about to finish) a Master level education in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or related areas, with demonstrated overview in the field. Good knowledge of English language is expected as well as willingness to spend 3-6 months in a collaborating group abroad during the PhD studies; prior knowledge of Czech is not necessary.

The final applications consisting of:

·      CV (including education, degrees and dates, publications/scientific presentations, skills/experiences in programming languages, project work, academic awards, etc.)

·      Motivation letter explaining why you apply specifically for this project and why you are the perfect candidate, transcript of the grades from the Master’s and Bachelor's degree, two references (written or just two contact names)

·      Other relevant documents supporting the candidate's excellence

This documents should be sent to the Head of the Department  Assoc.Prof. Petr Matula ([Email Address Removed]) before May 20, 2021

The candidates are still obliged to pass the standard admission procedure for doctoral study. The stipend can be awarded only after successfully completing the standard admission procedure.

Applicants are advised to contact Assoc.Prof. Simone Kriglstein ([Email Address Removed]) for more specific details, well ahead of the deadline.

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