Devices and modes for expressing and interacting with information are diversifying quickly, from PCs, tablets, smartphones to fitness bands, game consoles, and other forms of naturalistic interfaces. Within the University of Melbourne and Microsoft’s joint research centre (Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI, http://www.socialnui.unimelb.edu.au/) in this area we have a new initiative to explore search and query formation technologies.

We are seeking two outstanding students to carry out a PhD in this area, who will receive a stipend jointly provided by Microsoft and the University of Melbourne.


University of Melbourne


The successful applicants will have a background in computer science and information retrieval, with demonstrated coding, analysis, and mathematical & statistical skills.

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