Mr Daniel Hajas

Post:Research student (Informatics)
Email:dh256@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

Path to university

I was born in Hungary, where I lived my childhood. Prior to moving to Brighton (England) in 2013, I also lived eight years in Zagreb (Croatia). This is where I completed my secondary school education and obtained my diploma from the International Baccalaureate. I studied in a highly international community, and started to develop an interest in sciences, such as mathematics and fundamental physics. In 2010 due to medical conditions I lost my sight.

Path to research

In 2017 I graduated with a first class honours, Master of theoretical physics degree. Although fundamental physics studies was very satisfying and a great opportunity to acquire skills for solving problems, I also developed an interest in tangible user interfaces. This has led to my current research interest in Human COmputer Interaction (HCI) and haptic interfaces in context of science communication. As a transition from my undergraduate to PhD studentship, in my master year I focused on a science communication project under the supervision of Prof Kathy Romer.

Role

Doctoral research student in the Sussex Computer Human Interaction (SCHI) Lab.

Qualifications

Master of theoretical physics

In 2017, I have been:

  • awarded a first grade class honours degree as Master of Theoretical Physics;
  • awarded the David Axon Prize for outstanding achievement in physics.
IB Diploma

In 2013, I have obtained the IB Diploma qualification in the subjects:

  • English (higher level);
  • Mathematics (higher level);
  • Physics (higher level);
  • Hungarian language and literature (standard level);
  • Economics (standard level);
  • Psychology (standard level).
Other certificates and awards

During my undergraduate, I have also completed various shorter research and entrepreneurial programmes.

Activities

Community and business

In July 2017, me and fellow Sussex graduates co-founded Grapheel, a not-for-profit company. Grapheel's mission is to help vision impaired students and life long learners access Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) content more conveniently.

Our flagship project, the Grapheel IRIS connects scientificly trained volunteers with vision impaired students, who can upload images of scientific figures and ask for an alternative description. Reaching out to publishers, teachers, web content creators, we hope to make science more inclusive.