FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY
OPEN UNIVERSITY, MILTON KEYNES, UK
DEADLINE: 26 JUNE 2009
A fully funded 3 year PhD studentship in Music Computing is available in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology to develop novel technologies to increase children’s awareness of their body posture when they are learning to play stringed instruments and when singing. Initial studies will use motion capture technology to track bowing actions and investigate how visual and vibrotactile feedback can be used to improve technique. More generally, the project aims to develop engaging and playful tools that will motivate children to practise regularly. More information about this project is available on http://www.esenseproject.org/.
Applicants should have, or expect to gain, a BSc (1st or 2.1 class) or preferably MSc in computing or other related discipline. Formal musical training is not required, but applicants should have musical skills and experience of playing an instrument. The research is interdisciplinary and experience or interest in any of the following areas would be advantageous: motion capture technology; physical computing; interaction design; games programming; and music education.
We encourage you to informally discuss your interest with Dr Janet van der Linden (firstname.lastname@example.org), Professor Yvonne Rogers (Y.Rogers@open.ac.uk) or Dr Jon Bird (email@example.com).
Applications should contain an application form, a CV and a two-page research proposal outlining how you would tackle this project; quote reference "Developing Technologies to Enhance Musicians' Posture using Multi-Modal Feedback".
Detailed information on how to apply is available either through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from http://www.computing.open.ac.uk/research-degrees/studentships.
Closing date for applications is 26 June 2009. Interviews will be held mid July (please notify us of any dates you will not be available for interview). The studentship will commence in October 2009.