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Christoph Bartneck <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:02:43 +1300
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Project Description

The Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the
University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ has a fully funded scholarship
for a PhD student. The work will be closely advised by staff from the
Wireless Research and Spatial Engineering Research Centres, so the ideal
applicant will have experience and interest in wireless signal processing
and/or computer vision.

The work will involve research into methods for tracking a person’s
position and orientation outside and inside of buildings. The work will
focus on ways of combining various existing spatial localisation
technologies (e.g., visual, inertial, transponder-based) with novel
technologies in support of high-precision tracking.

This work will be carried out as part of a multi-year project on applied
research on improving AR tracking for mobile users in mixed-reality
environments and for long-duration use. The successful applicant will join
a multidisciplinary team from the HIT Lab NZ, the Wireless Research Centre
(WRC), and the Spatial Engineering Research Centre (SERC), all located in a
single building at the University of Canterbury, currently working on this

Significant mentoring will be provided by senior academic staff, giving the
applicant a solid foundation for work in industry and/or academia upon
successful completion of the PhD degree programme.

Results of the work will be submitted for publication in leading journal
and conference venues, and there is budget for travel to present the work.


The successful applicant must have completed a Masters Degree in a
VR-related field, such as computer science or electrical engineering, and
be qualified for entrance into the HIT Lab NZ PhD programme.

Unlike most US doctoral programs, PhD degrees in New Zealand are typically
completed within three years, and do not involve coursework. Students begin
conducting research from the moment they start the programme.

Enrolment can start at any time, but we would like to finalise the
scholarship by January 1, 2017.

The HIT Lab NZ, WRC, and SERC

The HIT Lab NZ is one of the leading research labs focused on human-centred
design of technology to support people in all facets of their lives. We put
the person first, and then apply an appropriate mix of technology for that
person in the context of the tasks they are doing. The Lab is very
international in flavour, and interdisciplinary in thought and approach.
Regular social activities organised by the Lab create a casual rapport
amongst the staff and students in the Lab.

The Wireless Research and Spatial Engineering Research Centres have
expertise in several techniques to provide indoor and outdoor location
information, such as spread-spectrum based wireless range-finding combined
with map-constraints and inertial sensor data combined using Kalman
filtering techniques. Both centres work closely with local and
international industry, solving real-world industry research problems,
ensuring graduates gain relevant skills and experience for their future

Needless to say, New Zealand provides an unbelievable setting to perform
this work. Christchurch is the prime spot to launch excursions around New
Zealand, as it has an international airport, and is in the middle of South
Island. This provides easy access to beaches, pristine forests with
extensive, well-maintained walking and mountain-biking tracks, excellent
skiing in winter, and easy connections to other locations such as
Australia. Christchurch is also very family friendly.

More Information

For more information or to submit your application, please see the
following links:

+Email Rob Lindeman ([log in to unmask]) for more detailed information.

+Official posting and application link:

+HIT Lab NZ PhD Programme:

+HIT Lab NZ:



+University of Canterbury:

+Christchurch, NZ:
+Living & Working in NZ:

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