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Methods of mapping websites to assist users' navigation

PGR-P-307

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Professor Roy Ruddle
Schools
School of Computing
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

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. The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p><strong>References:</strong></p> <p>Ruddle, R. A. (2009). How do people find information on a familiar website?&nbsp;<a href="https://raruddle.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/webnav-bcs09.pdf">Proceedings of the 23rd BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI&rsquo;09)</a>, 262-268.</p> <p>Ruddle, R. A. (2010). INSPIRE: A new method of mapping information spaces.&nbsp;<a href="https://raruddle.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/inspire-iv10.pdf">Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV&rsquo;10)</a>, 273-279.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Methods of mapping websites to assist users&#39; navigation&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/257/professor_roy_ruddle">Prof Roy Ruddle</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

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.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, 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.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years and Alumni Bursary for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth Scholarship for Low Income Countries and&nbsp;Alumni Bursary for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">hd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk,</a>&nbsp;or by&nbsp;telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Professor Roy Ruddle by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:R.A.Ruddle@leeds.ac.uk">R.A.Ruddle@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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