- 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 research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is ‘Methods of mapping websites to assist users' navigation’ 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> </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><strong>Self-Funding Students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK students</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/138-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2021-january-deadline">Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (January deadline)</a> and the <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/53-school-of-computing-scholarship">School of Computing 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 students</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/53-school-of-computing-scholarship">School of Computing Scholarship </a> is available to support the additional academic fees of international applicants. 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>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email: <a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org,</a> or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p> <p>For further information regarding the 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>
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