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PhD Studentship: Gesture-Agnostic Radar-Based Hand Tracking for VR/AR Systems

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £18,622 tax-free per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th November 2023
Closes: 15th January 2024
 

Supervisory Team: Dr Shelly Vishwakarma

Project description

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are rapidly becoming integral to our digital experiences, necessitating the need for interfaces that are both non-intrusive and safeguard user privacy. Our innovative project, "Radar-Pointer," is at the forefront of this movement, utilizing sophisticated radar technology to forge a gesture recognition system that prioritizes user privacy and negates the necessity for direct physical interaction or the use of wearable sensors.

We are looking for a PhD student who thrives on solving complex problems and is passionate about interdisciplinary research converging signal processing, deep learning, radar systems, and AR/VR technologies. You will contribute to the development of a radar-based system, named "Radar-Pointer," to track hand movements in a way that is both non-intrusive and secure. This project goes beyond traditional HCI methods, aiming to establish a new standard for natural user interaction in VR and AR settings. You will explore the potential of millimeter-wave (mmWave) radar sensors for their compact size, energy efficiency, and ability to operate without capturing identifiable personal information.

You will collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team of academics from the University of Southampton and the renowned experts from UCL and University of Toronto to integrate the system into VR/AR setups.

Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in electrical engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Experience with signal processing, machine learning, and/or radar technology.
  • Proficiency in programming (e.g., Python, C++, MATLAB).
  • A passion for HCI and a commitment to advancing privacy in digital interactions.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities and strong communication skills.

What We Offer:

  • A dynamic research environment at the cutting edge of HCI technology.
  • Access to advanced research facilities and collaborative opportunities.
  • A competitive PhD stipend and funding for conference attendance and research dissemination.
  • Mentorship from leading experts in the field and support for your professional development.

Further Information:

For more details about the position, please reach out to Dr Shelly Vishwakarma at s.vishwakarma@soton.ac.uk.

Embark on a transformative journey to redefine interaction within virtual and augmented realities. Apply now for the "Radar-Pointer" PhD position and contribute to the next wave of privacy-conscious technology!

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing Date: 15 January 2024.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £18,622 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk). Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Computer Science (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Shelly Vishwakarma.

After discussing the project with Dr Vishwakarma, eligible applicants should also submit a formal PhD application via the Southampton website, by clicking the Apply button, above. The supervisory team will arrange interviews for short-listed candidates.

Applications should include:

  • Statement of Purpose: Draft a compelling one-page statement of purpose that conveys your interest in the "Radar-Pointer" project. Explain how your academic background, research interests, and career goals align with the objectives of this PhD program.
  • Curriculum Vitae (including any publications and contact details of two referees).
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

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