Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 14 months (+ 22 months + potentially 12 months extension)
The concept of Flow was first explained by Csikszentmihalyi (1975). Described as an “optimal experience”, the author noted that artists were entirely caught up in their projects, working feverishly to finish them and then lose all interest in their work after completion. The incentive lies in the act of creativity itself. The person feels optimally challenged while totally immersed in the activity. At the heart of flow research is the motivational aspect of this experience. Flow motivates people to carry out certain activities repeatedly, seeking a challenge in the act and looking to improve their skills and abilities.
In a book dedicated to the advances in Flow research, Engeser (2014) underlines the area of human–computer interaction as a current topic and concern. The main objective of this area is to understand when interaction with a computer runs smoothly and the user is highly concentrated on the task.
In another word, Flow (Flow at work and Flow applied to the field of Human-Computer Interaction) should allow the a succession of short periods of optimal experiences characterized by:
This research will be carried out in cooperation with a major Luxembourg administration, which will co-finance the PhD project and will serve as a field study.
The selected PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral School in Sociétés, Langages, Temps, Connaissances (SLTC) of the University of Lorraine and will develop the research project at LIST’s facilities.
The main objective of the PhD project is to promote immersion and flow theories among employees in companies during the use of business information systems. At the end of his/her research work, the PhD student will have to propose interface design recommendations which take into account the flow theory, in order to:
The LIST is committed with equality of opportunities and gender balance.
Deadline for application: 19 February 2020