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Postgraduate research project

Future user-centred interactive information access

Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Work with us on this exciting cutting-edge research in future directions of User-Centred Interactive Information Access (FUCIA), which aims to design and develop future information access technologies for different user information needs in different context. 

FUCIA is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research topic, which is rooted from interactive Information Retrieval (IR) and Access, and in need of knowledge from other disciplines such as Psychology, Social Science, Education, Art and Design or Digital Humanities. The output of this research could be applied to a wide range of use cases in different domains, such as E-Learning, E-Business, E-Government, Digital Health or Digital Humanities.

You will be supervised by an interdisciplinary academic team and be part of a broader cohort of students investigating the challenges of User-Centred Interactive Information Access in society. Your research will be supported by relevant training according to your individual needs. There will also be industry placement opportunities to work with companies such as Google, Microsoft Research, Meta, Amazon, Spotify and others. 

You are invited to submit a research proposal on a relevant topic of interest, such as: 

  • search as learning – exploring relationship between search and learning during users’ information access
  • multimedia, multimodal and multidimensional information access – exploring future direction of user-centred information access
  • inclusive information access – designing and developing information access technologies for users with special needs
  • conversational information access – exploring a way to assist users’ natural interaction for their information access
  • sensor based information access – exploring how sensors including bio sensors, such as eye tracker, EEG, etc. can be applied to user interaction of information access systems
  • responsible Information access – designing and developing fair, transparent, secure, ethical and sustainable information access for users