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Collaborative Maintenance Training in Mixed Reality Environments

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    Prof R Stone
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A PhD project with the University of Birmingham’s Human Interface Technologies Team ( and building upon existing research programmes evaluating novel human-system interaction technologies in the field of Mixed Reality for such applications as advanced command and control, future cockpit design, medical rescue team training and the supervision of unmanned systems . In particular, the Team’s current research projects are beginning to address the use of Mixed Reality environments for co-located and remote collaborative maintenance training (for aircraft or land vehicles), investigating how novel approaches to inter-personal communication, spatial understanding, multi-axis manipulation and problem-solving can be improved by the appropriate “blending” of interactive media, coupled with face-to-face interaction between novices and local/remote specialists. Specifically the research will:

• Investigate, from both a technological and human-centred design perspective, how to exploit Augmented / Mixed Reality systems in a Workshop Environment to enable information about vehicles to be accessed on-demand using appropriate wearable and portable devices.
• Investigate remote collaboration between maintainers and lines of support.
• Investigate the use of vehicle recognition and Mixed Reality overlays with marker-less recognition.
• Investigate methods to update/input data into a back-end system based on work carried out.
• Investigate methods to overcome technology challenges in the workshop environment; e.g. poor data connectivity.

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Funding Notes

This is a directly funded PhD project (UK/NATO country students ONLY) – this is an EPSRC/BAE Systems Case Studentship, therefore potential students may be subject to UK security clearance procedures.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 26.20

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