Virtual & Augmented Reality Experiences in Digital Arts and Creative Industries
Applications are invited for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship for the project “Virtual & Augmented Reality Experiences in Digital Arts and Creative Industries”, effective 1st of January 2023. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £19,668 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; VR/AR/MR) and virtual interactions has revolutionised production and shifted the pipelines and creative workflows in digital arts and creative industries. On the other hand, there have been significant developments in the use of machine learning in understanding user behaviour and optimising user experience. This doctoral research will focus on the application of machine learning techniques in the production of digital content using XR (eXtended Reality) immersive technologies; this may 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 may examine the use of the developed XR (VR/AR/MR) technologies in film/theatre/games or cultural experiences, looking at how XR can augment an experience while exploring specific issues such as usability, accessibility, inclusivity of online/offline audiences, on/off-boarding user’s experience and multi-user interactions.
The successful candidate will work across the Computer Science and Games Design departments, with support for practical work from Theatre, and supervised by an interdisciplinary team of experts in Machine Learning, Digital Design, Games and Experience Design.
Please contact the principal supervisor Professor Abdul Hamid Sadka at email@example.com
Dr Damon Daylamani-Zad from the Design School at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Mariza Dima from Games Design (Department of Arts and Humanities) at Mariza.email@example.com
for an informal discussion about the project.
The prospective candidates are expected to have received a first or upper-second class Honour’s degree or a Master’s level education in either Computer Science, Engineering, Multimedia Design, Theatre and Digital Arts, or related areas, with demonstrated overview in the field. Candidates are expected to have good knowledge of programming and a good understanding/work experience with MR technologies. Previous experience with AI and ML is desirable. Good knowledge of English language is also expected.
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 e-mail all the documents listed below as a single PDF file to
firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon on 31.10.2022:
- 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.
Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.