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The Measurement Techniques in Vision Laboratory at City University
London provides a lively research environment with a unique mixture of
statisticians, vision scientists, ophthalmologists and computer


A full time PhD studentship is now available in this lab focussing on
the following project:

Analysis of eye movements for detecting visual and neurological

People make several eye movements per second, and where they look is a
measure of what they perceive of the world. New eye tracking
instruments allow for eye movement data to be accurately gathered
while people look at a film or TV. In a short period of time it is
possible to collect a mass of data which can formulate an individual
ëeye movement fingerprintí akin to the level of high-dimensional data
that might be found in a proteomic or genetic data; we hypothesise
that this could be a potential biomarker for visual or neurological
decay. This project will examine this hypothesis by interrogating the
huge volume of data that we have collected in around 100 elderly
individuals, some of whom have visual and neurological disorders. The
plan is to adapt statistical methods and bioinformatics to analyse the

The studentship: Training in bioinformatics, statistics, computer
science or mathematics (undergraduate first class honours, or
preferably an MSc) would be ideal. We seek an inventive, able
scientist who can demonstrate real enthusiasm for this exciting
project. Detailed knowledge about vision or eyes will not be required,
but a flair for computing and creatively analysing data is essential.

Results from this PhD will lead to presentations at conferences in the
US and Europe; travel funding is available. The 3-year studentship is
open to UK and EU candidates only and is worth £16K per annum (tax
free), with all fees for PhD registration paid. (Non EU students would
have to subsidise the relevant fees).

Applications (CV, including two referees and a statement of interest
about the project) should be submitted by email to: [log in to unmask]

Professor David Crabb.
Department of Optometry and Visual Science, City University London,
Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
Tel:    +44 (0)20 7040 0191
Email:  [log in to unmask]

Informal enquires are strongly encouraged.        Deadline for
applications: August 26th 2011

  Professor Neil Maiden    		Tel: +44-20-7040-8412
   Head, Centre for HCI Design       	Fax: +44-20-7040-8859
   School of Informatics			E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
   City University
   Northampton Square
   London EC1V OHB

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