PhD scholarship: Develop and Test New Interaction Methods that take Advantage of Gaze Input

DTU Management Engineering
torsdag 04 maj 17

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DTU Management Engineering is offering a PhD scholarship to explore the potentials of gaze interaction for people with severe motor disabilities. The PhD student will be attached to the division of Technology and Innovation management. The division is organised within three research groups: Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship; Industrial Dynamics and Strategy; and Human Factors. The PhD student will be affiliated with the last group, and the research will be carried out in collaboration with The Copenhagen Center for Health Technology (Cachet). The scholarship is co-funded by the Bevica foundation.

Responsibilities and tasks
The objective of the scholarship is to develop and test new interaction methods that take advantage of gaze input – as a mono-modal input or in combination with e.g. voice commands, head movements or hand gestures. The interaction will address daily needs of people with motor challenges, e.g. cerebral palsy, repetitive strain injury or locked-in conditions in late-stage ALS. The main focus will be on type-to-speak communication; control of wheelchair and robots with gaze; and control of smart home devices.

Theoretically, the project will be grounded in engineering psychology and design theory. Empirically, the project will have particular emphasis on co-creation with users and iterative testing of prototypes.  

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering, computer science or psychology.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by a committee headed by Professor John Paulin Hansen.

In the assessment of candidates consideration will be given the candidates competences in: 

  • The field of human factors and/or software and hardware engineering
  • Methods for quantitative analysis, or a strong interest in acquiring such competences.

Furthermore, considerations will be given to candidates able to work independently, while also being part of a dynamic research group and to candidates proficient in English.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.   

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace is at DTU´s Lyngby Campus, however a half-year-stay at a foreign university is expected.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor John Paulin Hansen, tel.: +45 40469626,  

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Please submit your online application no later than 1 September 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. 

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

The research at the Department contributes to new knowledge about planning, production and management and hereby contributes to the development of innovative decision support systems and optimisation of products and production in both the public and the private sector.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and
scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.