2 Doctoral Positions in Gaze-Based Interaction and Location-Based Services

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The geoGAZElab at the Chair of Geoinformation Engineering is participating in the MSCA Doctoral Network “Eyes for Interaction, Communication, and Understanding  (Eyes4ICU)” as an Associated Partner, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

We are looking for two highly motivated doctoral candidates, starting at the earliest possible date.

Project background

Eyes4ICU explores novel forms of gaze-based interaction that rely on current psychological theories and findings, computational modelling, as well as expertise in highly promising application domains. Its approach to developing inclusive technology by tracing gaze interaction back to its cognitive and affective foundations results in better models to predict user behaviour. By integrating insights in application fields, gaze-based interaction can be employed in the wild.

The geoGAZElab investigates visual attention while interacting with geoinformation and in spatial decision situations, such as when using Location-Based Services. Eye tracking technology is used to understand users, predict their behaviour, and assist them in their spatial activities.

In the scope of Eyes4ICU, 12 doctoral candidates (DC) will be working at 7 different host institutions across Europe. Out of these, 2 DCs will be hosted at the geoGAZElab of ETH Zurich and supervised by Dr Peter Kiefer and Prof. Dr Martin Raubal.

Position 1: Gaze-supported Trip Recommendation (DC 6)

The objective of this DC project is to investigate methods for a trip recommendation for gaze-guided tours. A real-time classifier will be trained and validated, which is capable of stream processing the data during recording, as well as a recommender system that can suggest individual trips based on collective experiences. The user experience of the recommender system will be evaluated with user studies.

Position 2: Gaze-supported Travel Experience Logging (DC 12)

The objective of this DC project is to develop novel approaches for gaze-supported travel experience logging that can be used for improving personal reflection and sharing of experiences. Travel data in the wild, including gaze, will be logged and used to train a classifier for critical events. A visual support tool will be developed and evaluated which provides Spatio-temporal summaries and visualizations of the collected data.

Job description

  • You will be performing all research activities in your respective DC project. This includes literature search, preparation of methodological design, implementation of prototypes, study execution, data analysis, and dissemination through publication in highly ranked journals, as well as presentations at international conferences.
  • You will be working closely with each other, as well as with other members of the Eyes4ICU project and the geoGAZElab team. International collaboration will be facilitated through short-term research stays at Eyes4ICU partner institutions (with a duration of 1-3 months).
  • You will actively participate in all training activities of the Eyes4ICU network.

Your profile

  • You must have an excellent MSc degree (received less than 4 years ago) in Computer Science, Geomatics, or related fields.
  • You should have a strong research interest in eye tracking and Human-Computer Interaction, experience with artificial intelligence, as well as strong programming skills.
  • We expect you to either have a background in or be eager to acquaint yourself with user studies both in the real world and in VR.
  • Knowledge of recommender systems (DC 6) or visualization (DC 12) will be a significant plus for the respective DC projects.
  • You must have good communication skills in English (oral and written), be team-oriented and willing to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment. We expect the ability to take responsibility and meet deadlines, prioritizing where necessary.
  • You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date.

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ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • letter of motivation
  • CV
  • short statement of research interests
  • full academic records (such as Bachelor’s and Master’s degree transcripts)
  • and names and contact information of at least two references.
  • In case you have a strong preference for one of the DC project topics (DC6, DC12), please state this in the motivation letter.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

The review of applications will begin on 30 November 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Peter Kiefer, pekiefer@ethz.ch (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • letter of motivation
  • CV
  • short statement of research interests
  • full academic records (such as Bachelor’s and Master’s degree transcripts)
  • and names and contact information of at least two references.
  • In case you have a strong preference for one of the DC project topics (DC6, DC12), please state this in the motivation letter.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

The review of applications will begin on 30 November 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Peter Kiefer, pekiefer@ethz.ch (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.