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Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Games for health, life and accessibility


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  Dr Damon Daylamani-Zad, Dr Harry Agius, Dr Arthur Money  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Artificial Intelligence, games, intelligent and interactive applications are becoming more integrated in our everyday lives, as well as becoming important areas of focus within the fields of Creative Computing, Digital Media, Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction research. Such applications often take advantage of the benefits of creative computing, specifically games and AI, to improve people's lives and support people of various backgrounds in the areas of accessibility & accessibility design, decision making and stress, and health.

From computational challenges, 3D visualisation, simulations and optimisation, gamification and serious games, augmented, virtual and mixed reality to machine learning, neural networks, evolutionary computing and reinforcement learning, a wide range of topics and areas contribute and combine for improving our lives.

Such applications often use sensor-base techniques and large datasets informed by IoT wearables, physiological responses, facial and gestural inputs and natural language understanding (NLU), taking advantage of techniques such as cloud computing. Whilst AI and Game based applications have now entered our daily lives, most of these applications are targeted at entertainment, finance and marketing, staying very much in the margins of our lives. Still little effort has been devoted to exploring the applications of these technologies to meaningfully impacting and improving people’s lives within the areas of health, accessibility and quality of living.

Therefore, we invite applications from candidates that have an interest in creative computing and the areas of artificial intelligence and/or digital games, and exploring the potentials to design, develop and evaluate applications within the health, life and accessibility domains. Candidates should have good game/software/prototype design and development skills. Knowledge of AI and machine learning, experience of carrying out user-centred research and collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data is also desirable.

Digital Media’s research focus is in the multidisciplinary area of creative computing, which lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and machine learning, serious and fun gaming, and cognitive modelling in extended reality. The research enables the use of wearable technologies in developing IoT apps in several areas, such as mobile e-health and e-fitness, digital games, 3D computer vision, and computer generated music, achieved through the application of HCI, gamification, digital asset accessibility design and management, and other relevant techniques.

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Excellent research support and training

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Funding Notes

This is a self-funded topic
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.
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