Research in the HCI group of the Dept. of Computer Science, KU Leuven focuses on how people interact with information, relying on language technology (including text and multimedia mining), visualization, and computer graphics. The focus is on new algorithms and interaction techniques, using the full spectrum of hardware from small mobile devices to large multi-touch displays. Applications include technology enhanced learning, music, research information systems, and virtual worlds. The subgroup Augment Human also focuses on the domain of learning analytics, the domain of interest for the proposed PhD positions.
The Tutorial Services of Engineering Science offers support to first year engineering students ranging from course-content related support to study pathway guidance. Furthermore they do research on how to support engineering students effectively and efficiently, with a strong focus on the transition from secondary to higher education.
KU Leuven has two open PhD positions on the use of learning analytics that combine data mining with visualization techniques. In both projects a strong collaboration between the HCI research group and the Tutorial Services will lead to learning analytics applications that are directly relevant for first year students and the tutors supporting these students.
KU Leuven is looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic, communicative, and eager-to-learn researchers with a drive to use research in order to improve education.
The candidates are expected to:
an excellent Master’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline,
a very good background and interest in human computer interaction research,
strong programming skills and the ability to do independent research,
strong commitment and the ability to work in a team,
a high level of proficiency in English, both spoken and written, and
the ability to perform applied research in collaboration with student tutors and students.
Full-time employment in an international context with a competitive salary/scholarship. A PhD track will be started. Currently funding is availablefor three years, but extensions are possible.
Start date: as soon as possible
Application deadline: 30 September 2015