Interacting with the physical world is a multisensory and multimodal experience, which does not always translate adequately to artificial environments computationally generated of VR and AR. Today’s user interfaces for VR and AR interactions are mostly based upon ergonomic and efficient hand gestures. Furthermore, current VR interfaces merely consist of generic buttons and panels, however this has often shown to be relatively unintuitive for physical interaction. Virtual environments are often described as immersive but are yet to harness their full potential to improve the level of agency they can provide to users, which could be achieved by creating unusual interactive tactile components, thus creating a more compelling user experience, harnessing both interactivity and the power of the sense of touch. We propose this research project in collaboration with Ultraleap ( https://www.ultraleap.com/ ) to investigate how haptics could be used to create new intuitive and natural interactions within 3D VR & AR interfaces (and 2D interactive displays, etc). We aim to investigate the impact of haptics feedback in exploring and learning new interactions within immersive virtual environments.
How to apply:
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Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:
• Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.
Candidates must also have a degree in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, or any related topics.
Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.