All posts by John Christopher Murray

Exciting Research Project Opportunity – EMOSys

Would you like to get involved with a research project, carry out studies and investigations that are cross-disciplinary? The Computing and Education Research Group within the School of Computer Science are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to work on the research project ‘EMOSys – Emotion Monitoring Online System’.

This project will look at how environmental factors in the lecture room can affect the learning process. Looking at how the environment affects attention, alertness and engagement, working with a student from Psychology we will develop an online software system to allow students to provide active feedback. In addition monitoring technology will be built, which will be predominately Arduino based, to carry out a research study looking at these factors.

Strong programming skills are a must here with PHP and C an advantage. There will also be a bursary associated with this project.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity please contact: Dr John Murray ( – MHT MC3130) before 17th January 2014.

Funded PhD Position – Cognitive Robotics

Using robots to understand animal social cognition:

We are offering a funded PhD position for an enthusiastic and highly-motivated student to join a thriving and dynamic research environment, and benefit from close associations with both the School of Life Sciences and the School of Computer Science.

The aim of this project is to develop a robot that is able to respond dynamically to the behaviour of the focal animal and use it in a series of cognitive experiments. Bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are an ideal model species for such an endeavour. They are responsive to social cues and show sophisticated social learning abilities. In addition they have relatively simple behavioural repertoires and movement patterns which can be accurately replicated by a robotic simulant.


For more information and details on how to apply for this exciting opportunity contact Dr. John Murray (