[PD] [PD-announce] ANN: competitive research assistantship available at Virginia Tech/ICAT/DISIS

Ivica Ico Bukvic ico at vt.edu
Fri Nov 13 17:54:30 CET 2015

Apologies for x-posting, I would greatly appreciate it if you would 
please disseminate the following among prospective graduate students.

I am pleased to announce availability of a competitive ICAT graduate 
research assistantship starting with the academic year 2016-7. We are 
specifically looking for students who are interested in studying in the 
newfound Human-Centered Design (HCD) transdisciplinary individualized 
PhD and/or Computer Science's Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). We are 
also willing to consider Masters level applicants to the CS program with 
focus on HCI.

HCD Option
Virginia Tech's new individualized Human-Centered Design (HCD) iPhD
transdisciplinary degree is closely aligned with the newfound Institute 
for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). iPhD is a degree designed 
primarily to support individually tailored PhD experiences, allowing 
students to actively participate in shaping their plan of study.

CS HCI Option
The graduate program in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia 
Tech is on its way to becoming one of the top programs in the country. 
The resources and facilities for research areas such as human-computer 
interaction, bioinformatics, and high-end computing are state of the 
art, and the growing list of specialized masters and doctoral degrees in 
a variety of areas provides opportunities for students to concentrate 
their research and study on the specific aspects of computer science in 
which they are most interested. At Virginia Tech, students receive 
firsthand instruction by award-winning faculty. In the computer science 
department, that means that graduate students have the opportunity to 
learn from the professors who have helped to define today's computer 
industry. The Center for Human-Computer Interaction is a part of ICAT, 
offering a diverse infrastructure and human expertise for cutting-edge 

The GAship in question seeks candidates with a solid research 
background, and a strong sense of independence and self-sufficiency. We 
are particularly seeking students interested in sonification, sound 
spatialization, and interactive technologies (e.g. mind-body 
technologies, laptop/mobile ensembles, hyperinstruments, installations, 
mobile/wearable computing, etc.). Candidates must possess a strong 
knowledge of Max and Pd/Pd-L2Ork programming environments. C/C++ 
programming (or equivalent) is also preferred, as well as skills in 
other domains (e.g. interactive multimedia, K-12 education, 3D 
animation, etc.).

This is a renewable assistantship with a full tuition waiver and
a stipend. To be eligible candidates need to apply, be accepted, and 
enroll in the new HCD iPhD or the Human-Computer Interaction Computer 
Science program with primary focus in the computer music domain focusing 
on one or more of the aforesaid areas of interest.

The successful candidate will be given an opportunity to participate in
conducting reserarch using the cutting edge 148 speaker system and 
consequently its innovative spatialization, sonification, and immersion 
approaches in the new $100M Moss Arts Center and more specifically 
Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology's three-story Cube space 
and its smaller counterpart, the immersive Perform Studio, as well as 
the new DISIS facilities, a part of a $600,000 renovation that opened in 
January 2015. They will also work closely with ICAT faculty and
students on a number of collaborative projects, including Tech or Treat,
Maker camps, and other ICAT initiatives.

For questions and application information please contact Dr. Ivica Ico 
Bukvic <ico at vt.edu>

For more information:
ICAT http://www.icat.vt.edu
DISIS http://disis.icat.vt.edu
L2Ork http://l2ork.icat.vt.edu
HCD http://www.vthcd.com/


Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Computer Music
ICAT Senior Fellow
Virginia Tech
School of Performing Arts – 0141
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6139
ico at vt.edu

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