I did it! I handed in my Ph.D. thesis. I can't actually believe I finished my thesis. As you might deduce from the lack of blog posts since early December, the Christmas period was busy for me. I had so much of my thesis left to write as I approached Christmas and I had no idea how I would do it. However, I seemed to enter the thesis “zone” where all my ideas coexisted in my brain and I was finally able to see all the connection, relationships, and structures that had been lacking from my ideas for so long. This made the final writing possible and meant that I was able to produce sections at an alarming rate.
I returned on the 27th December to
I can now officially record that the Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘An Attentional Theory of Continuity Editing’ was submitted for examination on
For the time being I am fortunate to report that I am employed as a Research Assistant on a European project developing an intelligent tutoring system (http://www.leactivemath.org/). This project gives me the opportunity to develop my AI interests whilst continuing to perform experiments (I’ll be performing usability, evaluation of a tutoring system). However, I do not intend to end my research interest in film perception with my thesis as there are too many questions left unanswered. I’ll be developing research proposals and making grant applications during my time as an RA with the aim that by 2007 I’ll be able to pursue my research interests. To this end I will be presenting my research at conferences during 2006 (e.g. ETRA, in
The same wishes are extended to all readers of this blog: may your 2006 bring all you desire.