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Augmented Reality Agents for Smart Citizens


   College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr U Bernardet  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The goal of the studentship is to improve the well-being of city dwellers by developing an intelligent augmented reality agent for citizens. The agent will facilitate 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 agent that supports active citizenship, participation, and co-design by facilitating the citizens’ access to heterogeneous services and allows to better understand the citizens’ well-being, engagement, and the quality of services. The front-end of the system is an augmented reality 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.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution) in Computer Science or Engineering. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of knowledge/experience of game development, VR/AR, Artificial Intelligence and virtual humans.

Submitting an application

As part of the application, you will need to supply:

  • A copy of your current CV
  • Copies of your academic qualifications for your Bachelor degree, and Masters degree; this should include both certificates and transcripts, and must be translated in to English.
  • A research proposal statement*
  • Two academic references
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency

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, candidates should take this opportunity to detail how their knowledge and experience will benefit the project and should also be accompanied by a brief review of relevant research literature.

Please include the supervisor name, project title, and project reference in your Personal Statement.


Funding Notes

There is no financial support available from Aston University for this position. Applicants should either be confident they can cover the costs from their own resources or be applying for an external scholarship. As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or secured, this additional funding.
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