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Interactive Virtual Humans for Immersive Experiences


Department of Computer Science

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About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project under the supervision of Prof Darren Cosker (http://cs.bath.ac.uk/~dpc/) in the Department of Computer Science.

In immersive worlds, virtual humans should react to our presence – allowing them to go beyond scripted behaviours and respond to our actions whether that be voice or touch.

In this project, we will research, develop and demonstrate new methods required to create compelling experiences with digital humans in immersive experiences. By observing multiple interactions between people in various scenarios, we will learn models of conversation and interaction and apply them to avatars such that they subtly respond to our gestures, voice and general behaviour.

The project will be based in CAMERA (www.camera.ac.uk) and will also overlap with research and commercial projects within the centre.

Candidate requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or high Upper Second Class UK Honours degree (or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK) in a relevant subject and should have strong mathematical and programming ability (e.g. Python, C++, Matlab, Java). A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous. Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/english-language/index.html.

How to apply:

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be addressed to Prof Darren Cosker.

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Computer Science:
https://samis.bath.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RDUCM-FP01&code2=0014

Please ensure that you quote the supervisor’s name and project title in the ‘Your research interests’ section.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:
http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020.

Funding Notes

Research Council funding is available for an excellent UK or EU student who has been resident in the UK since September 2017. For more information on eligibility, see: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/.

Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, a stipend (£15,285 per annum, 2020/21 rate) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Early application is strongly recommended.

Applicants classed as Overseas for tuition fee purposes are NOT eligible for funding; however, we welcome all-year-round applications from self-funded candidates and candidates who can source their own funding.

References

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