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Metric depth perception with lightfield displays (Position 2 of 2 - ESR8)

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    Prof J Read
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Project Description

One key advantage of lightfield displays over conventional stereoscopic 3D displays may be a more accurate perception of depth. Conventional 3D displays produce a good impression of relative depth, i.e. to perceive that one object is in front of another object. However, they are less good at recreating metric depth, i.e. how many centimetres separate the two objects. In conventional stereoscopic displays, observers show systematic biases in judgments of metric depth and physical size28. This may be partly due to conflict between the depth information provided by stereoscopic disparity, and other depth cues such as motion parallax and accommodation cues. In lightfield displays, all these cues offer consistent information, potentially resulting in much more accurate perception of metric depth. If so, lightfield displays would offer major advantages over conventional technology in critical applications such as laparoscopic surgery. However, almost nothing is currently known about the accuracy and precision of depth perception in lightfield displays and this is therefore targeted in this project.

PhD Studentship in Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN ETN-FPI : viewer experience with Full-Parallax Imaging Displays

Current displays fall far short of truly recreating visual reality. This can never be achieved by painting an image on a flat surface such as a TV screen, but requires a full-parallax display which can recreate the complete light field, i.e. the light travelling in every direction through every point in space.

The European Training Network on Full-Parallax Imaging offers a position for an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) in Prof Read’s vision science group at the Institute of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. You will be employed at Newcastle University, and will also be enrolled onto a PhD. You will carry out experiments designed to measure human perceptions in full-parallax displays.

You will have a BSc (optionally, a Masters) in a science subject, and will be in the first four years of your research career. You must not have a PhD.

Eligibility: Only candidates complying with the Early Stage Researcher requirements (less than 4 years of research experience following a graduation from a degree qualifying for entry to PhD) and mobility (less than 12 months spent in the UK within the last three years) are eligible in order to comply with the funding body requirements.

The position is to start 1st June 2016, with some flexibility either side where required and tenable for 3 years.

There is no restriction on nationality/citizenship, and international as well as EU applicants are encouraged.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Jenny Read, [Email Address Removed]

European Training Network on Full Parallax Imaging:

Prof Read’s research group:

The Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

Funding Notes

There is no restriction on nationality/citizenship, and international as well as EU applicants are encouraged.
Salary: €52,000 (4,341.33 euros per month)

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