Augmented Reality in Holocaust Memorials and Museums – A case study in the Neuengamme memorial site
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship in the emergent areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and its applications in Holocaust memorials and museums. AR research and development has made rapid progress in the past decades. More advanced and portable AR hardware has become available, and registration accuracy, graphics quality and device size have been largely improved, which led to a rapid growth in the adoption of AR technology in various application domains.
In this project, you will design and develop an augmented reality application that provides an immersive experience for visitors to the Neuengamme memorial site in Hamburg. The application will offer meaningful, critically informed interactions with Holocaust landscapes, relevant archives and other onsite material evidences. It will provide a creative window to the brickworks and slave labour in brick production in the concentration camp system, and help visitors to visualise and understand the chronology of the Holocaust and the connection between facts, locations, historical records, people and their memories, which are otherwise difficult to grasp or imagine. You will carry out user studies to evaluate the AR application, to investigate the impacts of AR technology on visitors’ understanding of the Holocaust and their memory of the visit.
Specific requirements * You will have or expect to have a UK Honours degree at 2.1 (or above), a Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications in computer science, games art/ design/ development.
* Be fluent in 3D modelling software (Maya or 3ds) and a game engine (Unity or UE4)
* Familiar with a programming/scripting language (C++ or C#)
* Experience of VR or AR content development is beneficial.
* Able to solve complex technical problems that occur within the production
* Able to travel to the Neuengamme memorial site on regular basis
Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Minhua Eunice Ma ([Email Address Removed]).