1. Topic ID: 0132
  2. Research topic: Subject Model for Subjective Experiments
  3. Supervisor: dr hab. inż. Lucjan Janowski
  4. Supervisor’s email address: janowski@kt.agh.edu.pl
  5. Abstract: At the Department of Telecommunication, we are running a project aiming at understanding better the factors influencing interaction with video services. Our main goal is to propose more ecologically valid experiment designs. We focus on the Quality of Experience (QoE) rather than User Experience (UX) but both aspects are strongly related and have to be considered in our research. The research questions considered in the project calls for cross-disciplinary exploration therefore the candidate should be interested not only in technical problems but also in the social and psychological aspects of QoE.
    The PhD student will be responsible for planning and running subjective experiments. Some of them are going to involve more in filed interaction with the services others are closer to typical lab settings. All those experiments should be focused on describing and correctly mathematically model answers given in a subjective experiment. The final result is a model describing a subject by parameters such as precision, bias, or other factors influencing his answers.
  6. Research facilities: Grid Infrastructure (PL-Grid) and other servers and infrastructure. Many software tools, including MATLAB, will be at our service throughout the execution of the research. We equipped our dedicated Multimedia User quality of eXperience Laboratory with specialized PCs. The lab also includes VR headset platforms and TV sets from different manufacturers.
    We offer PhD student not only “hard” research facilities, but also support in the form of developing “soft” skills. Since there are several senior researchers in our lab, the PhD student has a chance to work with more than one supervisor. We consider this an essential contribution to the student’s career development.
    We plan to allow the young researcher (PhD student) to take part in an experiment run in a different, international laboratory with which we collaborate by VQEG (Video Quality Expert Group). It should take the form of a short scientific mission (lasting around one month). It is yet another critical step in the student’s scientific development. Spending a month in a different laboratory can be a valuable lesson before going for a postdoc position.
  7. Funding source: Projekt GRIEG