Fully Funded PhD Research Studentship: R-LINCS2

University of Abertay Dundee
June 23, 2024
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Fully Funded PhD Research Studentship: R-LINCS2

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Tax-free stipend of £19,237

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School of Design and Informatics



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Fully Funded PhD Research Studentship

Project Title : 5G & Edge computing technologies to unlock compelling immersive multiuser experiences for mobile XR applications

PhD Studentship: R-LINCS2 funded. The Studentship is available for October 2024 or February 2025 start.

A PhD studentship that comprises tax-free stipend of £19,237 (increasing in line with UKRI per annum) per year over 3.5 years, student tuition fees paid, and a generous study package (e.g. limited research consumables, travel budget, and training when appropriate).

The pan-University Graduate School offers an integrated training programme to the postgraduate community within a single centre, serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers.

Interviews are likely to be online in week commencing 08.07.2024.

Project Description: There is an ever-increasing demand for immersive xR (mixed reality) applications across many sectors – sport, retail, gaming and healthcare. To date these applications are designed for in-door applications. This is due to xR technology requiring high computation and bandwidth to transfer data required for immersion. 5G technology can address these issues providing the required processing and bandwidth to users on the go and outdoors. The convergence of 5G and xR is in its infancy - this studentship will develop a technical pipeline which can be applied in new contexts and will seed new collaborations and research opportunities.

Key project phases:

  • Prototype a simple XR application: determine and create a prototype XR application that displays interactive and high-fidelity 3D objects.
  • Using mobile devices for XR applications: experimentally investigate the use of 5G and edge computing to overcome the challenge of limited processing on mobile devices.
  • Multiuser and shared XR applications: explore the use of 5G, distributed computation and edge computing for multiuser immersive experiences.
  • It is anticipated that the output of this research be widespread and with significant outreach opportunities which could lead to improved interventions for encouraging gender equality across subjects and careers. The project would also involve engaging with our industrial advisory board to keep abreast of the latest products and technologies that could support and enhance this project. This aspect of the studentship will provide excellent experience beyond Abertay for the student as well as increasing the impact of the research. The theoretical underpinning and novelty of the research will contribute to the academic fields of 5G, edge computing, XR, multi-user experiences, immersive technologies and the metaverse. Research findings would be published at both academic and public audiences, building both theoretical and practical advances with real-world impact.

    Supervisory Team: The candidate will be supervised within the Division of Games Technology and Mathematics Division by a multi-disciplinary supervisory team (Academic and Industry) led by Dr Laith Al-Jobouri. Queries on this project should be directed to Dr. Laith Al-Jobouri (L.Al- [email protected]).

    Entry Requirements: Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a first class or upper second-class honours degree in a computing or engineering (or equivalent). We are looking for an independent, enthusiastic, and driven candidate with an understanding of networking and/or XR development. Applicants should have some development experience in either networking, network game development, XR, or edge computing.

    Candidates must work well with others and represent the university when working with key stakeholders (e.g., schools).

    For applicants who are non-native speakers of English, the University requires IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.5) or an equivalent qualification accepted by the Home Office.

    Applications and closing date: 23.06.2024

    Applicants should submit through the Abertay University jobs page https: // www. abertay.ac.uk/about/working-at-abertay/jobs/, submitting a personal statement of application detailing why you are interested in undertaking this project, and a CV.

    If you are selected for interview, you will be required to complete an online Research Student Application Form which includes the submission of a research proposal. Guidance on how to write the proposal can be found here: https: // www. abertay.ac.uk/study-apply/how-to-apply/how-to-apply/, Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Laith Al-Jobouri (L.Al- [email protected]) for advice on developing a proposal prior to submitting it.

    Abertay University was named The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2021. According to the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2021, Abertay recorded 60% of its research judged as ' internationally excellent ' or ' world-leading ', a 23% increase since the last REF2014 – the biggest climb of any Scottish university. Abertay was the first University in the world to offer a degree in games and in March 2017 and was top ranked in Europe for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in 2019. Abertay is also lead of the multi-million InGame project in partnership with Dundee University and the University of St Andrews. The aim of the project it to establish a dedicated research and development hub for the Dundee video game cluster and to drive services, products and innovation in the industry.

    We hold an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze award and were the first Scottish university to achieve the Race Equality Charter Mark.

    Entry requirements

    Essential requirements:

    Desirable requirements (but not essential)

    First class or upper second-class honours degree in (or equivalent) computing, engineering or a closely aligned discipline.

    Master of Science level qualification in a relevant discipline

    Experience of computer networking, embedded systems or xR development

    Experience in working with edge computing, 5G, AR or xR

    Good coding experience (e.g. Game Engines, C++, C#, Python)

    Experience of design of User Experience (UX) and User interaction.

    Good research skills and teamwork skills with good time management.

    Experience with GPGPU programming

    Good scientific and academic writing

    Involvement in the preparation of articles for publication in scientific journal(s)

    Good interpersonal and communication skills

    Applicants who are non-native speakers of English, the University requires IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.5) or an equivalent qualification accepted by the Home Office

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