Open PhD student position, human-centered mobile indoor navigation guidance

The GIScience Center at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (UZH)
invites applications for a PhD studentship in the areas of location-based services and
indoor navigation. The position will start on 01 April 2018, or as soon as possible
thereafter. The successful candidate will be hired on a 1-year scholarship, which will be
extended to the nominal 4-year PhD period after positive evaluation. Salary is
commensurate with the pay scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The PhD student will be working under the supervision of Dr. Haosheng Huang with
support from Prof. Dr. Robert Weibel, and hosted in the GIS Unit, which is part of the
GIScience Center at the University of Zurich. This PhD project aims to develop a
methodology and computational model to provide human-centered navigation guidance
to aid wayfinding in complex indoor environments. Empirical studies will be employed to
examine how people find their ways in indoor environments, and understand their
information needs during indoor wayfinding. These empirical findings will then be
computationally formalized and implemented to enable mobile indoor navigation
systems to automatically generate wayfinding instructions equivalent to what humans
would give. Possible improvements to the existing indoor data models will be made. A
clear set of initial research goals has been identified, but the successful candidate will
be expected to develop and refine these further.
The GIScience Center hosts several research groups working on diverse topics
including location-based services, digital cartography, movement analysis, language and
space, geographic information retrieval, uncertainty modeling, geovisual analytics, and
spatial cognition. For more information, see http://www.geo.uzh.ch/gis.

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