Data visualization and analytics for the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project

KU Leuven
August 30 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Visual Data Analysis Lab and Research[x]Design Lab at the KU Leuven (Belgium) have a joint open PhD position in the field of data science and visualization / interaction design. The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers around the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project, covering the domains of archaeology, geography, ecology and spatial planning. This is a joint project between research groups of archaeology, ecology, geography, architecture and data analysis/visualization (STADIUS and RxD). The candidate will be supervised by Profs Aerts and Vande Moere at STADIUS and RxD, respectively, in close collaborations with the other partners in the project.

The Visual Data Analysis Lab is part of the research division STADIUS ('Stadius Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing, and Data Analytics') and is located at the Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) at KU Leuven. The lab's main research objective is to support domain experts in gaining deep insight in large and complex datasets and relations by leveraging the power of interactive data visualization.

Research[x]Design (RxD) at the Departement of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, of KU Leuven has expertise in information visualisation (infovis), human-computer interaction (HCI), and user-centred design. RxD's aim is to derive fundamental scientific knowledge that can only be attained when design thinking forms a vital part of the research process.


* Research[x]Design:

* Visual Data Analysis Lab:

* Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project:

We seek to unravel the interdisciplinary understanding of change and its space/time dimensions within already existing and future data sources of the Sagalassos project (running since 1986), which investigates an archaeological site in Turkey and studies its uninterrupted occupation over nearly 2,000 years in all its aspects, from daily life, diet, religious beliefs, to architecture, production, trade and its mechanisms, as well as natural resources and environmental conditions of the past.

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