Reference : R190305
PhD Studentship (3.5 years)
Supervisor : Ulysses Bernardet
Key words : Augmented Reality; Virtual Reality; Virtual Human; Embodied Agent; Artificial Intelligence; Smart City
Applications are invited for a studentship in the Aston Institute of Urban Technology and the Environment (ASTUTE), funded by the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The successful applicant will join a cohort of graduate students working on projects across the broader Smart Cities field, and as part of the PhD will receive training and experience in collaborative research, relevant to industry and Smart City planners.
The position is available to start in October 2019
This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home / EU fees rate, plus a maintenance allowance of £15,009 in 2019 / 20 (subject to eligibility).
Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the Home / EU’ and the Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,573 in 2019 / 20.
As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have access to this additional funding
The goal of the studentship is to improve the well-being of city dwellers by developing an intelligent augmented reality agent for citizens that facilitates the communication and interaction between citizens and Smart Cities.
Heterogenous user interfaces to Smart City systems can make it hard to access relevant information and set priorities, and hence can be a barrier for citizens to interact with services.
We will develop an augmented reality Smart Citizen Agent that supports active citizenship, participation, and co-design by facilitating the citizens’ access to heterogeneous Smart City services and, allows the Smart City to collect data about citizen well-
being, engagement, and the quality of services. The front-end of the Smart Citizen Agent is a humanoid Augmented Reality Agent, i.
e. a computer-animated character that is integrated into the user’s physical environment. Augmented reality agents are one of the most promising fields of application for virtual reality content and are particularity promising in a Smart City environment as they seamlessly integrate into every day.
The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Computer Science or Engineering.
Preferred skill requirements include knowledge / experience of game development, VR / AR, intelligent agents, and virtual humans.
We would particularly like to encourage applications from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and family atmosphere.
For formal enquiries about this project contact Ulysses Bernardet by email at u.bernardet aston.ac.uk.
Submitting an application
Details of how to submit your application, and the necessary supporting documents can be found here.
The application must be accompanied by a research proposal statement. An original proposal is not required as the initial scope of the project has been defined, however candidates should take this opportunity to explain how their knowledge and experience will benefit the project and should demonstrate their familiarity with some relevant research literature.
If you require further information about the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at seasres aston.ac.uk
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