Mixed Reality Production for Optimal User’s Quality of Experience in Digital Arts
Applications are invited for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship(s) for the project “Mixed Reality Production for Optimal User’s Quality of Experience in Digital Arts”, effective 1st of October 2021. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £17,609 plus payment of their FULL TIME HOME tuition fees for a period of 36 months.
The successful applicants will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the Brunel Design School and the Games Design team at Brunel University London (BUL).
The use of XR (eXtended Reality) and virtual interactions has revolutionised production and shifted the pipelines and creative workflows of the filmmaking/creative industries. On the other hand, there have been significant developments in the use of machine learning in the production pipelines for the production of traditional content with immersive experiences. This doctoral research will focus on the application of machine learning techniques in the production of digital content using Mixed Reality (MR) technologies; this will include the creation of realistic virtual objects through capturing the kinetic properties of physical objects, production of AI-driven narrative and AI-driven actors/instruments etc.
The project will then examine the use of the developed MR technologies in theatre, looking at how MR can augment a theatre experience while exploring specific issues such as usability, accessibility, inclusivity of online/offline audiences, on/off-boarding user’s experience and multi-user interactions.
Please contact the principal supervisor Professor Abdul Hamid Sadka at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Damon Daylamani-Zad from the Design School at email@example.com
Dr Mariza Dima from Games Design (Department of Arts and Humanities) at Mariza.firstname.lastname@example.org
for an informal discussion about the project.
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Multimedia Design, Digital Arts or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.
Experience in digital media design, use of multimedia technologies and handling of relevant software packages and digital design tools, will be an advantage. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a multidisciplinary team, collaborate with others and have effective communication and technical reporting skills.
How to apply
Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on the 30th of August 2021 to
- Your up-to-date CV;
- Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
- Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
- Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
- Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.
Interviews will take place in September.
Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.