Virtual Reality Environments for the Exploration of Functional Movement in the Context of Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders

   Department of Computer Science

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  Prof A Steed, Dr Tim Adlam  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Virtual reality (VR) is used to provide motivating environments for therapeutic interventions such as rehabilitation for stroke or musculoskeletal injury. In these contexts, VR can create a safe, engaging and rewarding environment for therapeutic activities. Working with UK and European partners in the PRIME-VR2 project (Horizon 2020), we will explore the ability of virtual reality technology and accessible controllers to provide safe and interesting spaces in which people with hyperkinetic movement disorders (HMDs) can explore and develop functional movements, gaining skills to be transferred from VR to real world scenarios.


Candidate. Applications are invited for a funded 4-year PhD studentship in the UCL Department of Computer Science, starting as soon as possible under the supervision of Prof Anthony Steed and Dr Tim Adlam (UCL), and Dr Hortensia Gimeno (Evelina London Children’s Hospital).

Ideally we are looking for a person with a background in either user-centred methods and human computer interaction who is familiar with virtual reality systems, or alternatively a person from a clinical background (occupational or physiotherapy for example) with experience of working with children and technology. Ideally you should have some experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods. For example, measurement and characterisation of human movement using sensors, participatory methods for evaluating technology usability, analysis of movement, and investigation through questionnaire, interview and transcript analysis. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience of working with disabled people combined with experience of the measurement and characterisation of physical interactions using sensor systems.

•       You must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a first class or upper second class honours undergraduate degree, or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent international qualifications or experience).

•       Our preferred subject areas are Human Computer Interaction, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy with experience of sensor-based measurement technologies, Human factors in virtual reality.


How to apply. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Tim Adlam before submitting an application ([Email Address Removed]), with a CV and a short paragraph about their research interests. A complete formal application must be submitted via UCL Select (please email [Email Address Removed] your application number once submitted). Detailed information about the programme and how to apply can be found at


Funding and eligibility.

This is a UK home PhD studentship funded for 4 years by UCL Computer Science.

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