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PhD Scholarship in Multisensory Virtual Reality

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 involve research into methods for generating, delivering, and
evaluating multisensory cues in concert to produce user experiences that
mimic real-world situations in high fidelity immersive Virtual Reality
(VR). In addition, novel user interface techniques focusing on expressive,
non-fatiguing interaction that can be used to support long-duration VR use
will be designed and evaluated.

This work will be carried out as part of a multi-year project on applied
research on improving VR realism, the sense of presence, and overall
effectiveness. The successful candidate will join a team of four others at
the HIT Lab NZ embarking on this project, led by Professor Rob Lindeman,
who has been active in VR research for more than 20 years.

Significant mentoring of the successful candidate will be provided by
senior academic staff, giving the candidate 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 significant budget for travel to
present the work.

Qualifications

The successful applicant must have completed a Masters Degree in a
VR-related field, such as computer science, 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 and New Zealand

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.

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: http://tinyurl.com/hitlabnzphd2016-1

+HIT Lab NZ PhD Programme:
http://www.hitlabnz.org/index.php/education/phd-programme/

+HIT Lab NZ: http://www.hitlabnz.org/

+University of Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/

+Christchurch, NZ: http://www.christchurchnz.com/
+Living & Working in NZ: https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/

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