PhD Studentship (iCASE): Search Behaviour in Emergency Situations Human Factors Research Group

Faculty of Engineering

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship within the Human Factors Research Group at the University of Nottingham, and Philips Research, Cambridge.

This EPSRC/Philips funded studentship is the result of on-going research into ubiquitous positioning, assistive technologies and human behaviour in emergency situations.

The project will focus on understanding human search behaviour in emergencies in order to inform the development of technologies which facilitate efficient searching. Such technology requires both positioning and guidance elements which are sensitive to issues such as security, privacy and accessibility.

Specifically this work will look at providing assistive technology to the carers of dementia patients who may need to find their patients should they become lost and confused in unfamiliar environments.

Specific benefits of this post will include:

  • Joint academic and industrial supervision. In this way, the student will develop both academic and industrial skills with multiple career opportunities at the end of the PhD study.
  • For PhD students wishing to pursue an academic career, the opportunity to participate in teaching activities will be sought.

This project is inter-disciplinary in nature, so applications from any technical or human focused domain are welcomed.

  • Experience/interest in human behaviour research- psychology, human factors or human computer interaction.
  • Experience/interest in mobile technology development- computer science, product design or engineering.
  • Experience/interest in positioning technology.
  • Experience/interest in assistive technologies.

The studentship will cover PhD tuition fees and a tax free stipend for three and a half years (£13,726 for the 2013-14 academic year) for UK/EU students, due to funding restrictions. Students will be expected to start in October 2014

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. M. Brown, tel: 0115 823 1420 or Email:

Applications, with a detailed CV and letter of application, together with the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to directly to Dr. M. Brown, by clicking the ‘Apply’ button below.

Please quote ref. EP/L505572/1

Closing date: 31 January 2014

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