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(Re)Creating History: Exploring embodied performances through immersive technologies (Advert Reference: NBC020/HOLMQUIST)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

AHRC-funded through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Consortium

This project will create a system to capture and study complex physical performances, making a significant contribution to how embodied performance is realised in the digital sphere. As someone with an interest in game design, computer graphics, and/or animation, this project will provide you with advanced knowledge of working with technologies for immersive experiences, special effects, and game development. In collaboration with our partner organization, PROTO The Emerging Technologies Centre, you will benefit from working with state-of-the-art photogrammetry and motion capture technology creating a system to (re)create a forgotten or overlooked part of history.

The project will be using the fascinating domain of women’s boxing as a case study. Boxing provides a uniquely challenging domain for performance capture, due to issues such as speed, reliability and data fidelity. Prior to the success experienced at the 2012 London Olympics, women’s boxing enjoyed a long and rich history in the UK and abroad. However, this history is largely forgotten or overlooked, and we aim to (re)create it using immersive technology. The system you create as part of this project will need to capture both the visual appearance of a performer, including their dress, facial features, skin tone, body shape, and other characteristics; as well as the physical motion of a performer, e.g. strikes, jumps, emotional reactions, motion across the boxing ring, etc.; and finally present it in an immersive format.

The system you create will also have applications beyond the boxing domain – there are clear possibilities and opportunities within both the public and private sectors.

Expressions of interest should be received by the principal supervisor no later than January 6th 2020. Email Prof Lars Erik Holmquist (Design):

The deadline for applications through the Northumbria online portal is January 13th 2020. We expect to interview shortlisted candidates in February. The studentship will be awarded to the successful applicant subject to ratification by the Northern Bridge studentship committee.

More information about this studentship and about the application process including eligibility criteria, can be found at:

Please note: Applications that do not include the advert reference (e.g. NBC020/HOLMQUIST) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

Each studentship consists of payment of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council's national rate (currently £15,009) funded for a nominal 42 months of study. The package also includes:
• access to a research support training fund to cover the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
• financial support to participate in a Northern Bridge Conference, an annual Summer School and a Completion and Leadership Workshop, which focuses on career development and employability;
• financial support for placements

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