Multiple PhD Scholarships in Persuasive Systems and Participatory Modelling University of Technology Sydney Australia

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Now open: three PhD positions

 


 

Communicating Complexity in Integrated Modeling

Value: $27,082 pa (tax exempt) - fee waivers may also be considered for international applicants

Duration: 3 yrs plus 1 x possible 6 month extension

Topic: Communicating Complexity in Integrated Modeling

Enquiries: Professor Alexey Voinov

School/Centre:School of Systems, Management and Leadership

Closing date: Review of applications will begin May 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

Models are simplifications of reality that we construct to get a better understanding of what is going on and what can happen. There are numerous well-developed models of systems that can be re-used as building blocks to address new challenges. This process of coupling existing models as components to build new, more sophisticated modeling tools is known as integrated modeling. Integrated models though tend to become very complex and therefore difficult to communicate to stakeholders and potential users.

Humans build and operate with mental models to represent reality. We also build computer models to simulate systems in time and space. The project will focus on designing innovative communication tools that will facilitate integration between human mental models and computer simulations.

The research will explore:

  • How to communicate complex integrated models?
  • How to make the integration process more transparent and usable?
  • How to make integrated models more available for stakeholders to use in a participatory modeling process?
  • What interfaces are needed to allow stakeholders to access and use complex integrated models?
  • What visualization tools can be used?

The tools and methods developed will be applied in several participatory modeling case studies in the energy-water-food nexus. Particular applications will be tailored to the interests and passions of the student, but will be concerned with such topics as resource scarcity, climate change, food security, energy efficiency, etc.

The School of Systems, Management and Leadership within the University of Technology, Sydney addresses complex environmental, societal and engineering issues by merging quantitative and qualitative methods. It explores the interfaces between people and systems to improve the effectiveness of enterprises, management and policy making through innovation in technology and communication. The project will support collaborative work with external partners at the frontier of integrated participatory modeling of socio-environmental systems.

Desired qualifications and skills

  • Excellent master's degree or bachelor's degree with honors in applied computer science or quantitative social sciences;
  • Solid knowledge of simulation modeling;
  • Practical experience with socio-environmental applications;
  • Programming skills and experience with visualization and usability techniques;
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work independently as a researcher and effectively in a team.

The scholarship carries a basic remuneration of $27,082 (tax-exempt) and a waiver of the full-time research student fees (for international candidates). There are no restrictions on the nationality of the applicants and the selection will be based on the candidate's qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Prior to submitting an application for admission, interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV, with a list of publications and the names of three referees, to: Professor Alexey Voinov

Approved candidates should then apply for admission by following the normal UTS application procedures: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/research-degrees/applying-uts/how-apply

 


 

Serious Games and Visualization for Participator Modeling

Value: $27,082 pa (tax exempt) - fee waivers may also be considered for international applicants

Duration: 3 yrs plus 1 x possible 6 month extension

Topic: Serious Games and Visualization for Participator Modeling

Enquiries: Professor Alexey Voinov

School/Centre: School of Systems, Management and Leadership

Closing date: Review of applications will begin May 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

Participatory modeling may be defined as a purposeful learning process for action that engages the implicit and explicit knowledge of stakeholders to create formalized and shared representation(s) of reality, or models. This assumes that stakeholders should be able to communicate efficiently among themselves and with the computer model. In collaboration with the Gaming Studio in the School of Software we will explore how gamification and serious games can become part of this communication, and how model output can be made more clear and compelling for stakeholders to use and base their decisions upon.

The research will explore:

  • How gaming approaches can be used to communicate system models?
  • How to translate models into serious games?
  • How to best package model output to make it easier to use by stakeholders?
  • What visualization tools can be used?

The tools and methods developed will be applied in several participatory modeling case studies in the energy-water-food nexus. Particular applications will be tailored to the interests and passions of the student, but will be concerned with such topics as resource scarcity, climate change, food security, energy efficiency, etc.

The School of Systems, Management and Leadership within the University of Technology, Sydney addresses complex environmental, societal and engineering issues by merging quantitative and qualitative methods. It explores the interfaces between people and systems to improve the effectiveness of enterprises, management and policy making through innovation in technology and communication. The project will support collaborative work with external partners at the frontier of integrated participatory modeling of socio-environmental systems.

Desired qualifications and skills

  • Excellent master's degree or bachelor's degree with honors in applied computer science or quantitative social sciences;
  • Solid knowledge of simulation modeling;
  • Practical experience with socio-environmental applications;
  • Programming skills and experience with visualization and usability techniques;
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work independently as a researcher and effectively in a team.

The scholarship carries a basic remuneration of $27,082 (tax-exempt) and a waiver of the full-time research student fees (for international candidates). There are no restrictions on the nationality of the applicants and the selection will be based on the candidate's qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Prior to submitting an application for admission, interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV, with a list of publications and the names of three referees, to: Professor Alexey Voinov

Approved candidates should then apply for admission by following the normal UTS application procedures: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/research-degrees/applying-uts/how-apply

 


 

Integrating Mental and Simulation Models

Value: $27,082 pa (tax exempt) - fee waivers may also be considered for international applicants

Duration: 3 yrs plus 1 x possible 6 month extension

Topic: Integrating Mental and Simulation Models

Enquiries: Professor Alexey Voinov

School/Centre:School of Systems, Management and Leadership

Closing date:Review of applications will begin May 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

Models are simplifications of reality that we construct to get a better understanding of what is going on and what can happen. Humans build and operate with mental models to represent reality. We also build computer models to simulate systems in time and space. The project will focus on designing innovative communication tools that will facilitate integration between human mental models and computer simulations.

The research will explore:

  • How to communicate mental models?
  • How to translate mental models into computer simulations?
  • What computer interfaces are needed to integrate mental and computer models?
  • What visualization tools can be used?

The tools and methods developed will be applied in several participatory modeling case studies in the energy-water-food nexus. Particular applications will be tailored to the interests and passions of the student, but will be concerned with such topics as resource scarcity, climate change, food security, energy efficiency, etc.

The School of Systems, Management and Leadership within the University of Technology, Sydney addresses complex environmental, societal and engineering issues by merging quantitative and qualitative methods. It explores the interfaces between people and systems to improve the effectiveness of enterprises, management and policy making through innovation in technology and communication. The project will support collaborative work with external partners at the frontier of integrated participatory modeling of socio-environmental systems.

Desired qualifications and skills

  • Excellent master's degree or bachelor's degree with honors in applied computer science or quantitative social sciences;
  • Solid knowledge of simulation modeling;
  • Practical experience with socio-environmental applications;
  • Programming skills and experience with visualization and usability techniques;
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work independently as a researcher and effectively in a team.

The scholarship carries a basic remuneration of $27,082 (tax-exempt) and a waiver of the full-time research student fees (for international candidates). There are no restrictions on the nationality of the applicants and the selection will be based on the candidate's qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Prior to submitting an application for admission, interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV, with a list of publications and the names of three referees, to: Professor Alexey Voinov

Approved candidates should then apply for admission by following the normal UTS application procedures: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/research-degrees/applying-uts/how-apply


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