Self-funded PhD opportunities

iMoVE - Interactive Motion in Virtual Environments

  • Application end date: Applications all year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Wendy Powell

Project description:

As technology improves and costs fall, Virtual Reality is being increasingly used for a wide variety of applications involving physical interaction with Virtual Environments, including healthcare and rehabilitation, simulation, training and game play. This project will investigate how hardware and software mediates these interactive experiences, and will contribute to our understanding of how the design of the virtual reality systems can influence behaviour and perception. For example, previous work in the group has explored how the rate of visual flow can influence walking speed, and how changing the visual appearance of an object can affect the accuracy of locating it in virtual space.

The successful applicant will build on our prior research, using a mix of experimental and technical work in order to extend our knowledge of the ways in which human performance can be modulated by interactions with technology.

Eligibility:

Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a related subject area (for example HCI, computer games or virtual reality).

How to Apply:

To apply or make an enquiry, please visit postgraduate research: computing and creative technologies.

Applications should use our standard application forms and follow the instructions given under the ‘Research Degrees’ heading on the following webpage:

http://www.port.ac.uk/application-fees-and-funding/applying-postgraduate/#rd

Enquiries about this PhD are strongly encouraged and can be made to Dr Wendy Powell: wendy.powell@port.ac.uk