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Investigating the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Training Tools for Industrial Training

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Want to undertake your PhD in the emerging Virtual Reality research field, in conjunction with a leading public utility provider?

This PhD project seeks to investigate the effectiveness of different Virtual Reality training systems currently in use within Melbourne Water. The Virtual Reality training systems are considered to be cutting-edge and were developed collaboratively by Deakin University and Melbourne Water to provide safety training to Melbourne Water employees.

The PhD candidate will design a research evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of the Virtual Reality training systems in achieving their desired training objectives. This may include evaluating existing traditional training methods to serve as a basis for comparison. Evaluation methods will include surveys, focus groups and other forms of data collection, and will involve both quantitative and qualitative data. The research will be subject to the human ethics process and the applicant will seek necessary ethics approvals.

The candidate will have undergraduate (required) and postgraduate (desirable) qualifications in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Human Factors, eLearning, Engineering, Design or other. Research publication in high quality outlets will be an important of the PhD project as well as dissemination of the findings through academic and industry conferences and forums.

The PhD project is sponsored by Deakin University and Melbourne Water and the PhD candidate is expected to spend time in both organisations in the course of undertaking their research. For this reason a candidate with strong interpersonal skills and experience in working in large organisations is desirable. Strong written and spoken English skills are required.

Melbourne Water is a statutory authority owned by the Victorian Government, managing and protecting the city’s major water resources for the community. On any given day Melbourne Water will manage water supply catchments, supplying affordable and high-quality water; treat and supply drinking and recycled water; remove and treat most of Melbourne’s sewage, ensuring that sewerage is reliable; manage waterways and major drainage systems in the Port Phillip and Westernport region; provide integrated drainage and flood management services; and help to create outstanding natural community spaces.

Deakin University is ranked between 301 and 350 in the World University Rankings 2020, and is 63rd in the Young University Rankings 2019.

The PhD project will be supervised by Associate Professor Ben Horan within the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) Virtual Reality Lab at Deakin University. The laboratory is within the School of Engineering and located on Deakin University’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus in the coastal region of Geelong. Geelong is an hour’s drive from Melbourne and campus based research activities will occur at this campus.

The PhD project will involve regularly research activities undertaken at Melbourne Water locations including head office in Melbourne City, and the Western and Eastern treatment plants in the Melbourne suburbs. Scott McMillan, Manager of Technology and Innovation, at Melbourne Water will be the Industry supervisor for the project.

The PhD candidate will receive a tax free stipend of $40,000 AUD per annum for up to three years.

Applicants will need to have a first class honours or equivalent in their prior degrees, and a publication track record is highly desirable.

Funding Notes

The PhD candidate will receive a tax free stipend of $40,000 AUD per annum for up to three years.

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