The Graduate School (DFG Research Training Group) UCSM provides an interdisciplinary research environment with computer science and psychology as the main contributing disciplines. From this interdisciplinary perspective, it addresses research challenges related to Social Media which are understood as complex socio-technical systems characterized by features such as user-generated content, social interaction and awareness, and emergent functionality. Significant research gaps have been identified with respect to analyzing and understanding the characteristics and determinants of user behaviour, both at the individual and the collective level, as well as regarding the user-centred design of social media systems.
Our research will build on theories and methods from the following fields:
– Media and communication psychology
– Decision making and decision support
– Human-computer interaction
– Information retrieval and mining
– Social network analysis and visualization
– Privacy and security engineering
– Media-supported collaboration and learning
- Applicants should have a Master degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Cognitive Science, Communication Science or Psychology and, ideally, prior knowledge and experience in one or more of the areas listed above.