I’m currently offering a Ph.D. scholarship for 4 years within the Ph.D. program in Cognitive Computing. Here are the details :
Title: Augmented Reality Cognitive Orthesis for Assistance in Activities of Daily Life
Program: Doctorate in cognitive computing (Ph. D.) from Télé-Université du Québec (TÉLUQ) and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada. See program description here: www.dic.uqam.ca
Director: Charles Gouin-Vallerand, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Director of the LICEF Research Centre, Télé-Université du Québec
Description: With the growth of new mobile and intelligent technologies and the connectivity of objects such as smart phones, tablets and smart glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) is increasingly within reach. This enables the provision of information associated with the users’ environment, by affixing virtual contents to real physical objects. With the integration of context- awareness and activity recognition, it is possible to provide dynamic and adapted assistance to the users to help them in their daily life activities, in the form of cognitive orthesis. For example, to help people with cognitive deficits (e. g. Alzheimer’ s) to move around and be more independent in their activities of the daily life.
Ph.D. thesis candidates will have several challenges to overcome both on the computer science and ergonomics side. It will be necessary to integrate and develop new techniques for the recognition of the activity. Strategies and techniques to assist with AR must take into account several factors: mental load, techniques of user interactions vs. virtual content, effect of cognitive biases, etc. The resolution of these scientific challenges is a priority to the commercialisation and democratisation of cognitive ortheses by augmented reality.
As part of his or her thesis, the candidate will join a research team at the LICEF Research Centre (licef.teluq.ca) composed of post-doctoral researchers and doctoral candidates in research fields such as data mining, human-machine interactions, mobile computing and ubiquitous computing.
Wanted profile: Master’s degree in computer science (Canada) or computer science, with expertise in augmented reality, mobile computing, diffuse computing (ubiquitous computing), computer environments for human learning and/or human-machine interactions. People with a background in ergonomics will be considered if they have a thorough knowledge of computer science (programming and AI). Fluency in English and French, both written and spoken, is required.
Funding: Research scholarship available for 4 years of $21,000 cnd/year. TÉLUQ University also offers support scholarships for doctoral students, based on student progress, for a total of $7K (https://www.teluq.ca/site/universite/bourses.php).
Deadline for applications: Applications will begin to be evaluated from 5 January 2018.
Required documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae, master’ s/master’s transcript and at least one letter of recommendation