- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Professor Roy Ruddle
- School of Computing
Websites and corporate intranets are very large information spaces. Even though the link structure is often complex, the underlying information structure is often presented hierarchically. The aim of this project is to determine how such structure can be visualized in a map-like form that helps users to browse and search. The project is divided into four parts: (1) classify the ways in which websites are structured, and how we need to assist users browsing and searching, (2) identify visualization methods that match those structures and the tasks that users perform, (3) perform controlled user experiments to identify the most effective style of visualization, and (4) automatically generate maps in that visualization style from web crawls or website design schema.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
<p><strong>References:</strong></p> <p>Ruddle, R. A. (2009). How do people find information on a familiar website? <a href="https://raruddle.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/webnav-bcs09.pdf">Proceedings of the 23rd BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI’09)</a>, 262-268.</p> <p>Ruddle, R. A. (2010). INSPIRE: A new method of mapping information spaces. <a href="https://raruddle.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/inspire-iv10.pdf">Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV’10)</a>, 273-279.</p>
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study that you are applying for <em><strong>PHD Computing FT</strong></em> and in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>Methods of mapping websites to assist users' navigation</strong></em> as well as <a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/257/professor_roy_ruddle">Prof Roy Ruddle</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents at the point you submit your application:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> <li>Funding information including any alternative sources of funding that you are applying for or if you are able to pay your own fees and maintenance</li> </ul> <p> </p>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in writing and at 6.0 in reading, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.
<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/209-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2022">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/234-leeds-opportunity-research-scholarship-2022">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> –The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important:</strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not</strong> covered under these studentships.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>
<p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions: e: <a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a></p> <p>For further information about this project, please contact Professor Roy Ruddle by email: <a href="mailto:R.A.Ruddle@leeds.ac.uk">R.A.Ruddle@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>
<h3 class="heading heading--sm">Linked research areas</h3>