It is great that you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. with the School of Information Science and Technology (IST). A distinctive feature of IST is the multidisciplinary nature of the research, which is carried out in collaboration with many groups both within and outside of IST and the University. It is an exciting and enjoyable environment within which to conduct your studies and research, with an extremely diverse faculty and staff.
Pursuing a Ph.D. is a major life undertaking. For that journey to be somewhat enjoyable, there must be a good working and personal relationship between the student and research advisor. Compatible research interests are certainly important, but there must also be a commitment on the part of the advisor to be involved and provide good mentoring. The student must also be open to and supportive of the mentoring process. My commitment to everyone of my Ph.D. students is that I will be an active and involved mentor during the entire course of the program.
If your interest is information system design, specifically the interaction of the system, information and people, and would like to pursue this area in your Ph.D. studies, contact me. People use information systems to help address the information needs of their daily lives. We are developing information systems that adapts themselves based on the specific interactions of an individual, with the aim of increasing the efficiency of the system in addressing the user's information need. Complimentary and ongoing projects are underway in the areas of information, systems, and users. Most of the basic research and development is completed, so we are now at the cutting edge of personalization research.
This research is guided by the vision set forth by Vannevar Bush to place the sum total of human knowledge at a person's finger tips. A fantastic area for doctoral research!
If interested, contact Dr. Jansen.
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