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VirtuGrasp: Real-time Visual and Haptic Feedback of Grasping Movements in Virtual Reality

   Computer Science

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  Dr N Aburumman, Dr M Davare  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020. Applications are invited for the following specific project called “VirtuGrasp: Real-time Visual and Haptic Feedback of Grasping Movements in Virtual Reality”.

The successful applicants will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Computer Science. This project is multidisciplinary: grasping and hand movements are actively being studied across robotics, AI, human computer interaction, cognitive neuroscience and physiotherapy. Your research is focused on modelling grasping movements and feedback in immersive environments and producing a sense of ownership and agency over a virtual hand. Hand movements and object interactions are crucial features for training/simulation applications (e.g. flight, driving, medical simulators, robotics), where the ability to interact with simulated environments is paramount to an immersive experience.

The successful applicant is expected to develop creative and original work and publish in international peer-reviewed conferences and journals alongside writing their thesis.

Please contact Nadine Aburumman at [Email Address Removed] or Marco Davare at [Email Address Removed] for an informal discussion about the studentship.


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.

We encourage applicants with a strong background in linear algebra and programming C/C++/C# (preferably using UE4 or Unity) to apply. In addition, they should be highly motivated, able to work in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to Apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to [Email Address Removed]. Interviews will take place in July 2020.

• Your up-to-date CV;
• Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
• Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
• Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
• Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.

Funding Notes

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK.
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