[Hallgato] Fw: [geovis] GeoVis updates: eye tracking workshop, PhD position in Plymouth

Gede Mátyás saman at map.elte.hu
2013. Jún. 4., K, 18:00:01 CEST

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From: Gennady Andrienko <gennady.andrienko at iais.fraunhofer.de>
To: geovis at iais.fraunhofer.de
Cc: gennady.andrienko at iais.fraunhofer.de
Sent: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:20:15 +0200
Subject: [geovis] GeoVis updates: eye tracking workshop, PhD position in Plymouth

Dear Geovisualizers,

Two updates:

1. program of the workshop "Eye Tracking: Why, When and How?"
(23-24 August 2013, Dresden, Germany) is available online at

2. note a relevant PhD position announcement (below)

Best regards,
Fraunhofer Institute IAIS: http://www.iais.fraunhofer.de
ICA GeoVisualization Commission: http://geoanalytics.net/ica
Andrienko's homepage: http://geoanalytics.net/and
publications: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=R370BREAAAAJ
*** new book: Visual Analytics of Movement (Springer, 2013):

PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY, (UK) Centre for Research in Earth Sciences

PhD studentship - 3D visualization of volcanic hazards

Communicating the nature, sequence and impact of hazardous phenomena that
occur during volcanic eruptions is a major challenge to volcanologists and
disaster managers. Successful communication of the potential implications of
such eruptive phenomena is essential in order to maximize risk reduction.

Many volcanic hazards, such as pyroclastic density currents and lahars for
example, are either unknown to, or are very poorly understood by the general
public. Furthermore many of the people at threat - who live in areas around
these volcanoes, particularly in developing countries - are unfamiliar with
using traditional 2D depictions, such as hazard maps. Some research indicates
that 3D visualizations are a more effective way of communicating hazard
information than 2D maps (e.g. Haynes et al 2007).

Specifically, this studentship will generate interactive 3D computer
visualizations of hazards from potential future volcanic eruptions. It will
build on expertise from the 'Interactive Systems Studio' at Plymouth
University, which specialises in virtual and augmented reality solutions for
public engagement using web and mobile technologies and will be underpinned by
the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences growing reputation in
geoscience outreach.

This studentship will integrate CRES/UP with the large NERC/ESRC consortium
STREVA (Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas), of which Plymouth
University is a project partner. The STREVA project runs from July 2012 to
July 2016, across the entire duration of this studentship, and this work falls
within the 'Communication Analysis' work package. The STREVA project will
implement new methods and techniques developed for hazard and risk analysis
and communication at a range of volcanoes in the greater Caribbean region.
Therefore this studentship will make use of this excellent opportunity of
timely integration with relevant on-going risk reduction research.

This studentship will develop 3D visualizations of eruptive phenomena in a
user friendly computational environment (as opposed to much more technically
challenging 'simulations').


This studentship will develop 3D dimensional visualizations of hazardous
eruptive phenomena within a user friendly computational to contribute toward
risk reduction and increase resilience of populations at volcanoes


ˇ         In conjunction with the STREVA consortium, develop potential
eruption scenarios at a STREVA volcano e.g. Soufriere (St Vincent, West
Indies), Cerro Machin (Columbia), and Cuicocha (Ecuador).

ˇ         Follow an agile methodology for iterative development of software

ˇ         Develop interactive 3D visualizations of eruption scenarios as a
communication tool for the general public, possibly within a user friendly
platform e.g. Smart phones

ˇ         Implement visualizations on realistic 3D topography on at least one
STREVA volcano

ˇ         Evaluate results of usability testing to inform future development
of interactive 3D visualisation for public engagement.


It is envisaged that the student will travel to at least one of the STREVA
volcanoes in order to evaluate/ test the effectiveness of the visualization tools.

Software Development

The student will spend a proportion of their time with the Interactive Systems
Studio to ensure a robust approach to software design and implementation. This
will provide insight into related research and development and provide
mentoring in specialised areas.

Supervisory team

Director of Studies - Dr Paul Cole (Centre for Research in Earth Sciences,
Plymouth University) Email: paul.cole at plymouth.ac.uk

Prof Iain Stewart (Centre for Research in Earth Sciences, Plymouth University)

Dr Dan Livingstone (Interactive Systems Studio, School of Computing and
Mathematics, Plymouth University)

Dr Jenni Barclay (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia)
STREVA consortium PI

Candidate Experience

This studentship would suit an Earth Science graduate with strong
computational experience and/or interests. A computer science or game
development graduate with interests in Earth Science would also be considered.
Programming ability with C# or related language is highly desirable.
Experience of XML, JavaScript and development tools such as Unity 3D is highly


Haynes K, Barclay J, Pidgeon N. (2007) Volcanic hazard communication using
maps: an evaluation of their effectiveness. Bulletin of Volcanology70: 123-138.

Further Details

For more details on the projects contact paul.cole at plymouth.ac.uk

The PhD studentship in Earth Sciences will be offered to suitably qualified
candidates for the academic year commencing 1st October 2013.  Applicants must
have at least a 2:1 degree in Earth Sciences (or a related subject) or
equivalent qualification.

Each studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home(UK)/EU
tuition fees plus a stipend of Ł13,726 per annum. The studentship will only
fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home(UK)/EU fees with
relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees
will have to show evidence in their application that they can cover the
difference between the Home(UK)/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates
(approximately Ł9,790 per annum).
For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit
Applicants should send a completed application form along with a covering
letter detailing their suitability for the studentship, C.V., and 2 references
to Sharon Healy, Faculty of Science and Technology Research Office, Room A425,
Portland Square, Plymouth PL4 8AA or e-mail
sharon.healy at plymouth.ac.uk<mailto:sharon.healy at plymouth.ac.uk>.
 The closing date for applications 28th June 2013. Shortlisted candidates will
be invited for interview. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all

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GEDE Mátyás
ELTE Térképtudományi és Geoinformatikai Tanszék, Budapest

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