Microsoft Research Funded PhD Fellowship at Goldsmiths, University of London

Application deadline: 5 June 2017

PhD start date: September 2017

Supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Fiebrink

Goldsmiths’ Department of Computing is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship supported by a prestigious Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship, under the supervision of Dr Rebecca Fiebrink (Goldsmiths, Embodied Audiovisual Interaction Group) and Dr Cecily Morrison (Microsoft Research, Human Experience & Design Group).

The project has the mission of developing technology that allows blind and partially sighted people to tune their understanding of their surroundings through being able to query the social, physical and textual environment. You would join a project team that brings together researchers with backgrounds in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and human computer interaction. Building on the state of the art in these fields, you will devise novel solutions that allow artificial agents to adapt to and empower their users.

The research will focus on developing novel human-centered machine learning approaches that enable people who are blind and partially sighted to interact with and personalise intelligent agents. Your work may draw on research areas including end-user creation and personalization of machine learning systems—human-in-the-loop/interactive machine learning, transfer learning, and/or novel approaches to supporting end-user ideation, validation, debugging, and sharing of machine learning systems—and/or audio-based interfaces, including but not limited to data sonification and/or spatial audio interfaces

Candidate Profile and Proposed Research

We are especially looking for candidates who fit the following profile:

The Team

This Fellowship will be supervised by Dr. Rebecca Fiebrink at Goldsmiths, University of London. You will also work with a larger team from Microsoft Research Cambridge (led by Dr. Cecily Morrison  and other partner institutions. Furthermore, at Goldsmiths you will benefit from being a member of the Embodied Audiovisual Interaction (EAVI) group within the Department of Computing. EAVI is a vibrant community of students and researchers whose work spans creative practice, accessible interface design, end-user machine learning, and other topics related to computing, media, and the body.

Provisions of the award

How to apply

Please apply using Goldsmiths’ online application for the MPhil/PhD Programme in Computer Science: http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/mphil-phd-computer-science/ 

In the application form, please indicate “Rebecca Fiebrink” as your preferred supervisor, and upload the following documents:

If you have any questions about the research programme, the studentship, or the application process, please contact Rebecca Fiebrink at r.fiebrink@gold.ac.uk . 

We are seeking a diverse set of applicants and encourage people who are familiar with visual disabilities or have experience with relevant research in this area to apply.

All materials should be submitted to the Goldsmiths application system in full by 5 June, 2017.