Postgraduate Research Opportunity – Virtual Reality for Collaborative design tasks

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Job Description:

Science Foundation Ireland ( recently approved funding for a dedicated research centre in the Smart Manufacturing. The Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing ( is a research centre based at the University of Limerick with partner institutions Athlone Institute of Technology (, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology. The Centre, which is co-funded from industry, brings together 42 industry partners and 16 international manufacturing centres of excellence to focus on the development of smart manufacturing for applications across Ireland’s leading industrial sectors. Confirm’s ambition is to become a world leader in smart manufacturing research and to enable Irish industry to fundamentally transform to a smart manufacturing ecosystem, delivering measurable and visible economic impact to Ireland. The successful candidate will work with a world-class team of academics, researchers and industry partners in a highly innovative and motivated environment.

As part of this industry co-funded PhD, the candidate will investigate the usability and utility of Virtual Reality (VR) as a technology to enable collaborative design tasks. The candidate will evaluate and understand the key influencing factors that affect the required collaborative multimodal interaction. This will involve designing and evaluating a particular uses case(s) which will be trialled based on real world requirements. This will require the development of a collaborative design VR application. It will be deveoped based on factors and context of the most effective collaborative interaction key performance indicators. Furthermore, the evaluation based on quality of experience principles including interaction, sensors and self reported measures.

The successful candidate will join an AIT confirm team of approximately 15 researchers and will have access to expertise in the wider €47 Million Confirm centre. The study is one of five PhD programmes co-sponsored by an Irish based multinational company who will assist in directing the projects.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience Necessary/Any Other Requirements:

First or high second (2.1) class honours degree in Computer Science or a related discipline. Minimum IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 (for students with a degree from a non-English-speaking country. The candidate must be highly self-motivated and passionate about a career as a researcher.

Stipend: €18,500 per annum.

Please note:

Informal Enquiries to:

Name: Dr Niall Murray

Department: Software Research Institute / Computer & Software Engineering

Email address:

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 17.00 on Friday 12th July 2019.

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