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PhD Studentship: Enhancing New User Interactions' Learnability Through Haptic Feedback

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 27th April 2020

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Fred Charles

Project Description

Interacting with the physical world is a multisensory and multimodal experience, which does not always translate adequately to artificial environments computationally generated of VR and AR. Today’s user interfaces for VR and AR interactions are mostly based upon ergonomic and efficient hand gestures. Furthermore, current VR interfaces merely consist of generic buttons and panels, however this has often shown to be relatively unintuitive for physical interaction. Virtual environments are often described as immersive but are yet to harness their full potential to improve the level of agency they can provide to users, which could be achieved by creating unusual interactive tactile components, thus creating a more compelling user experience, harnessing both interactivity and the power of the sense of touch.

We propose this research project in collaboration with Ultraleap ( to investigate how haptics could be used to create new intuitive and natural interactions within 3D VR & AR interfaces (and 2D interactive displays, etc).

We aim to investigate the impact of haptics feedback in exploring and learning new interactions within immersive virtual environments.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

Candidates are required to have a degree in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, or any related topics.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 27 April 2020.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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