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Virtual Reality Technology to Train Firefighters for High-Risk Scenarios

School of Product Design

Friday, September 25, 2020 Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Many firefighters lose their life or are injured every year. In the last decade, 109 firefighters lost their lives due to training injures in the US alone. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide firefighters with possibilities to adequately train for high-risk scenarios in a safe and financially viable way.
The research proposed for this doctoral project includes the design, development, and evaluation of virtual reality technology to train local firefighters for wildfire scenarios. This project is new, however, it continues a successful collaboration between academics from the College of Engineering and local firefighters in New Zealand. This collaboration has already resulted in several publications and the development of an early prototype.
We are looking for a candidate with a strong academic background and interest as well as good knowledge of research methods in human-computer interaction with first-class honours or Master’s degree in computing, psychology, education, game development or a closely related field.
The project is hosted in the HIT Lab NZ and will be supervised by academics from the School of Product Design’s Applied Immersive Game Design major and the Applied Immersive Gaming Initiative in the HIT Lab NZ.

Funding Notes

This scholarship is co-funded by the HIT Lab New Zealand and an external agency to support a student to study towards a research doctoral degree at the University of Canterbury. The scholarship is available to support work on the specific funded project only. To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must have met all of the requirements for enrolment in a doctoral degree at the University of Canterbury.


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