PhD Studentship: Augmented Reality for Information Visualisation in Fusion Plant Monitoring and Operations

University of Bristol - Computer Science

The project:

This PhD studentship is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the UK Atomic Energy Authority through its R&D centre in Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE). The research will involve investigating how Augmented Reality (AR) can be used in the fusion power industry. It will map out the challenges in realising the potential of AR for displaying and manipulating data in situ and the consequent gains for the industry. A major component will be the development of a proof-of-principle demonstrator, illustrating the benefits of AR for example scenarios. This will be developed in close collaboration with RACE and the studentship will include a 6 month or more secondment to RACE.

The research will consider the complete processing and delivery pipeline, including localisation, mapping, user interaction, display and data manipulation and storage. It will involve developing state of the art AR techniques for object recognition, 3-D tracking, reconstruction, and HCI. There will be a strong emphasis on developing technology suitable for the industry and for users, and for rigorous evaluation of its effectiveness in real scenarios. The studentship will be jointly supervised by Dr Andrew Calway (tracking, SLAM, and AR), Prof. Tom Scott (nuclear monitoring and radiation mapping), and Dr Kirsten Cater (HCI and human factors), all based at the University of Bristol.

Doing research at the University of Bristol

The quality of research at the University of Bristol places it within the top five Universities in the UK based on the Research Excellence Framework and Times Higher Education rankings 2014-15. The PhD candidate will join a friendly and diverse community, with the Bristol Doctoral College (BDC) as the central coordinating facility. The BDC offers approximately 200 courses, interactive workshops and seminars as a part of the University’s Personal and Professional Development Programme for PGR students, and organises University-wide events and provides a hub of information, guidance, and resources to help researchers to get the most of their time at Bristol.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select <Computer Science> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor.

Candidate requirements:

Applicants should have or expect to achieve a first-class or high upper-second class degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or relevant engineering discipline.

Strong programming and mathematical skills are essential. Knowledge of and/or experience with computer vision, visual SLAM, tracking, object recognition, HCI, and/or augmented reality would be advantageous.


Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 1st September 2018) and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£14,553 in 2017/18) plus an industrial top-up of £3395 p.a. (subject to contracts). EU nationals resident in the EU may also apply and will qualify only for PhD tuition fees.


Please contact Dr Andrew Calway (

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