1. Topic ID: 0336
  2. Research topic: Cognitive and situated factors influencing the quality of experience
  3. Supervisor: dr hab. inż. Lucjan Janowski
  4. Supervisor’s email address: janowski@kt.agh.edu.pl
  5. Second supervisor: prof. dr hab. inż. Michał Wierzchoń
  6. Abstract: Quality of experience (QoE) is a measure aimed at evaluation of customer’s experience with a service (e.g. web browsing, audio-video services and other electronic communication-based applications). The majority of the QoE studies investigates the quality of service parameters (e.g. packet loss rates) influencing the subjective evaluation of content quality. However, it was recently acknowledged that QoE might also be affected by various other factors falling in three categories: human, system and contest influence factors. The current project aimed at investigating the human (perceptual acuity, mood, cognitive engagement, expectations, etc.) and context influence (physical, temporal, social, economic and task content) factors. The PhD project makes use of a mixed methodology. Thus both qualitative and quantitative methods will be used. Over the project realisation, we will first determine the factors of focus and then prepare a series of follow-up studies investigating the relationship between human and context influence facts with the system influence factors that are usually investigated in the QoE studies.

    The thesis will be realised as a part of the interdisciplinary research project funded under GRIEG funding schema awarded to Lucjan Janowski in cooperation with Michał Wierzchoń, the psychologist from the Jagiellonian University and Katrien De Moor, the specialist in the Communication Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  7. 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.
  8. Funding source: Projekt NCN typu GRIEG: TUFIQoE