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Interactive and Mixed-Reality Data Visualisations for Assessment of Musculoskeletal Conditions

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    Dr Simon Jones
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project in the Department of Computer Science supervised by Dr Simon Jones and Dr Dario Cazzola

Project overview:

Advances in human body sensing and motion capture have enabled accurate modelling and simulation of human movement and function. For the monitoring and assessment of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries it is now possible to obtain very rich and diverse data about a patient’s clinical history, behaviour, and biomechanical function. The visualisation of such information can have significant value in clinical settings for improving the understanding and treatment of a patient’s condition.

This project will explore the design of augmented reality (AR) interfaces (e.g. using the Microsoft Hololens and mobile/tablet-based AR) for presenting interactive 3D models of a patient’s spine to clinicians, combined with additional multifaceted data about the patient (e.g. from wearable and smartphone-based data collection tools). You will design and evaluate data interfaces and interactive visualizations for use in a clinical setting, with input from health professionals, biomechanists and human computer interaction researchers.

You will join a lively group of PhD students and researchers working in related areas within the Department of Computer Science and Department for Health. The project will also involve opportunities to collaborate with NHS partners, including the BathSPARC (Bath Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium).

Candidate requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent from an overseas university. A master’s level qualification would be an advantage.

In addition, the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate an excellent academic track record with a strong background in Human-Computer Interaction and interaction design, and enthusiasm for developing innovative solutions with mixed-reality technology. Appropriate technical expertise to develop mixed-reality applications (e.g. C#, Unity) or a strong desire and ability to develop these skills throughout the project will be essential. Experience of working closely with end-users to evaluate prototypes is also highly advantageous.

Enquiries and applications:

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Simon Jones, [Email Address Removed].

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Computer Science:

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020.

Funding Notes

Research Council funding is available for an excellent UK or EU student who has been ordinarily resident in the UK since September 2017. For more information on eligibility:

Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£15,285 per annum tax-free in 2020/21, increasing annually in line with the GDP inflator) and a training support grant (£1,000 per annum) for a period of up to 3.5 years.

We also welcome all-year-round applications from self-funded candidates and candidates who can source their own funding.

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