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PhD Scholarship in Visualisation and Analysis of Scientific Data in Virtual RealityImperial College London, Department of Computing, South Kensington Campus

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating from the Higher Education Funding Council. In the 2014 REF assessment, the Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology to the oil and gas industry. The search for oil and gas has three objectives:
1. To identify and evaluate hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs;
2. To bring hydrocarbons to the surface safely and cost-effectively, without harming the environment;
3. To maximize the yield from each discovery.
Schlumberger maintains a long-term commitment to research, with a global network of research centres, exploiting the diversity of technology innovation in the 21st century.

Imperial’s Department of Computing and Schlumberger are seeking a motivated PhD student to work on a project to develop means to visualise and analyse scientific data on a large scale in virtual reality. The algorithm(s) will be developed and improved before implementation in an open-source and user-friendly software package.

This project, a collaboration between Imperial College and Schlumberger, seeks to visualise data related to Schlumberger’s business in virtual reality to enable its collaborative analysis. The post holder will:

• Define benchmark datasets to test the methods and algorithms,
• Develop the means to visualise the data in virtual reality, enabling analysis,
• Integration of new models to interact with the data, i.e., analysing the data through gestures enabled by haptic VR gloves
• Definition and implementation of collaborative models for joint analysis,
• Augmentation of models with additional information through data integration.
The post holder will work at Imperial’s SCALE Lab (London, UK). The post holder may also be asked to spend 1-3 months at Schlumberger (Cambridge, UK) each year (housing arrangements to be made).
The project allows for some flexibility in the profile of applicants. Candidates with expertise in the following areas can be a good fit:

• Large-scale data visualisation and exploration,
• Virtual reality development,
• Game development.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

• A strong computing background with solid programming skills,
• Virtual reality expertise (Unity, Oculus or other),
• An ability to work with third-party software and to liaise constructively with the developers of such software,
• The ability to work independently and to drive both the research and software development agenda.

The successful applicant will have an MSc (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the subject area.

How to apply:
Please forward your CV to Dr. Thomas Heinis:

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