- Subject: Other / Human Computer Interaction – Computer Sci
- Topic: Human Computer Interaction
- Style: Harvard
- Number of pages: 1 pages/double spaced (275 words)
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About the Project
Museums and art galleries across the world are not only buildings that house specialised objects, artworks, research, they are a curation of earth history and the beings and nature that reside; thus, they play an important role in our society. In the UK, there are 2,500 museums and galleries, 1,500 are accredited , that amass millions of visitors each year. These non-profit institutions seek to offer enjoyment but also act as a space for education, inspiration, and skill exploration with an aim of continuing the spirit and enthusiasm of the eighteenth-century UK government goal to provide public learning equality and access . These institutions seek to garner the attention and attainment of two types of visitors, physical (on-site, footfall) and digital (online through websites, apps, and social media) that are accessible to all, from children, older people, and those with disabilities and conditions . Over the last two decades physical museum and gallery inclusivity has improved tremendously, especially with the rapid advance of textiles and digital technology (e.g. [4, 5, 6, and 7]), although, these experiences are often less equal for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, the design and execution of audio descriptions, tactile books and sensory artefacts and technology has greatly improved experiences (e.g. [8, 9, 10, and 11]), however, onsite museum and art gallery access, interaction, and knowledge exchange is far from addressed most notably the recent closures of sensory interaction points because of Covid-19 health measures . There are two million people registered as blind and partially sighted in the UK , thus this research seeks to improve museum and gallery experience for a substantial number of individuals.
The aim of the project is to improve on-site museum and art gallery experiences for blind and partially sighted visitors. The successful completion of the project requires addressing the following scientific objectives:
(a) investigate with blind and partially sighted onsite museum visitors, using design thinking methodology, a low cost and efficient onsite digital solutions that consider wayfinding, through smartphone haptics and gestures, and physical object and artwork interaction through touch, taste, hear, and smell, with an aim of digitally creating a museum and gallery experience that are interactive, appropriate, and more equal to blind and partially sighted individuals;
(b) assess the appropriateness of, and adapt/redesign, the widely used design thinking methodology , which often directed towards sighted individuals, to better involve those who are blind and partially sighted.
1. Why do you want to do a PhD?
Signing up for a PhD is a big undertaking. We need to know the you understand the commitment required for research and have a passion for your subject.
2. Why this subject area?
What is it about the area you have chosen that inspires you?
*Human Computer Interaction & the “About the project” section above*
3. What will be the impact of your research and who will be reading it?
The impact of your research is how it will bring change to the wider society beyond academia (eg. economy, society, culture, public policy, health, the environment and quality of life – both within the UK and overseas). Who are the wider audiences for your research, perhaps in professional practice, policy-making, popular culture? Who do you want to reach with your research? How might you do so?
4. What personal qualities do you have that make you suited to PhD research?
For example: resilience and tenacity.
5. Assessment of personal development needs
A PhD is all about training to be a researcher. What knowledge and skills will you need to develop to conduct the proposed research? How can we support your personal development?