The Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ has a fully funded scholarship for a PhD student.
The work will involve research into methods for delivering, evaluating, and analysing non-verbal cues for rich communication information in concert to produce user experiences a high fidelity immersive telepresence platform in Virtual Reality (VR). In addition, novel user interface techniques focusing on effective interaction that can be used to support effective a cyber-therapeutic VR experience use will be designed and evaluated. This work will be carried out as part of a multi-year project on applied research on providing rich communicational information including expected emotional status, the sense of presence, and overall effectiveness. The successful candidate will join a team of four others at the HIT Lab NZ embarking on this project, led by Dr. Sungchul Jung and Prof R.W Lindeman.
Significant mentoring of the successful candidate will be provided by senior academic staff, giving the candidate a solid foundation for work in industry and/or academia upon successful completion of the PhD degree programme.
Results of the work will be submitted for publication in leading journal and conference venues, and there is significant budget for travel to present the work.