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The role of shadows in 3D vision: a computational approach

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Project Description

Humans generally ignore shadows. We are largely insensitive to them when identifying objects, and we don’t try to pick them up or walk around them. However, we do use shadows - at least implicitly - to tell us about the 3D layout of scenes. The position of a shadow can tell us if an object is close to the ground or elevated. Shadows also tell us about the positions of objects relative to the light source. Based in the Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE), this project will use virtual reality and computational modelling approaches to consider what shadows tell us about 3D scene layout in the presence and absence of other 3D cues such as those provided by perspective and the two eyes.

Applications are invited from those with a background in psychology, virtual reality, and computer science. Suitably qualified candidates will be encouraged to apply computational methods to model human perception.

This project is currently unfunded; however, full or partial funding may be available for suitable UK applicants, further applications from excellent candidates wishing to develop proposals for external funding, including international applicants hoping to apply for government sponsorship, are welcomed.

Aston University was ranked 5th out of 94 UK Higher Education Institutions for research in Allied Health Professions (REF 2014) and was ranked 1st for research environment. Additional information about research in the School can be found at http://www.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/. Informal enquiries can be made directly to Dr Schofield.

Application Requirements:

● Eligible applicants should hold a minimum of an Upper 2nd (2:1) Bachelor (Hons.) Degree or MSc/MRes in a relevant subject.
● Non-Home applicants must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English Language skills, with minimum IELTS scores of 6.0 in each section and an overall band of 6.5

To apply, please complete the online application form at:
http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/postgraduate-research/apply/ , choosing Research Full-time Health Sciences – October 2019 in the first instance. Please quote Reference: ‘PhD_Schofield’ on your application.

Closing date is open ended: registration dates are 1 October, 1 April and 1 July.

Funding Notes

A £7000 bursary maybe available for good, self-funded overseas students. Full or partial funding may be available for suitable UK applicants. Applications from excellent candidates wishing to develop proposals for external funding, including international applicants hoping to apply for government sponsorship, are welcomed.

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