[visionlist] [jobs] PhD Scholarship in Augmented Reality Indoor+Outdoor Tracking (HIT Lab NZ)

Project Description

The Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ has a fully funded scholarship for a PhD student. The work will be closely advised by staff from the Wireless Research and Spatial Engineering Research Centres, so the ideal applicant will have experience and interest in wireless signal processing and/or computer vision.

The work will involve research into methods for tracking a person’s position and orientation outside and inside of buildings. The work will focus on ways of combining various existing spatial localisation technologies (e.g., visual, inertial, transponder-based) with novel technologies in support of high-precision tracking.

This work will be carried out as part of a multi-year project on applied research on improving AR tracking for mobile users in mixed-reality environments and for long-duration use. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary team from the HIT Lab NZ, the Wireless Research Centre (WRC), and the Spatial Engineering Research Centre (SERC), all located in a single building at the University of Canterbury, currently working on this problem.

Significant mentoring will be provided by senior academic staff, giving the applicant a solid foundation for work in industry and/or academia upon successful completion of the PhD degree programme.

Results of the work will be submitted for publication in leading journal and conference venues, and there is budget for travel to present the work.


The successful applicant must have completed a Masters Degree in a VR-related field, such as computer science or electrical engineering, and be qualified for entrance into the HIT Lab NZ PhD programme.

Unlike most US doctoral programs, PhD degrees in New Zealand are typically completed within three years, and do not involve coursework. Students begin conducting research from the moment they start the programme.

Enrolment can start at any time, but we would like to finalise the scholarship by January 1, 2017.

The HIT Lab NZ, WRC, and SERC

The HIT Lab NZ is one of the leading research labs focused on human-centred design of technology to support people in all facets of their lives. We put the person first, and then apply an appropriate mix of technology for that person in the context of the tasks they are doing. The Lab is very international in flavour, and interdisciplinary in thought and approach. Regular social activities organised by the Lab create a casual rapport amongst the staff and students in the Lab.

The Wireless Research and Spatial Engineering Research Centres have expertise in several techniques to provide indoor and outdoor location information, such as spread-spectrum based wireless range-finding combined with map-constraints and inertial sensor data combined using Kalman filtering techniques. Both centres work closely with local and international industry, solving real-world industry research problems, ensuring graduates gain relevant skills and experience for their future careers.

Needless to say, New Zealand provides an unbelievable setting to perform this work. Christchurch is the prime spot to launch excursions around New Zealand, as it has an international airport, and is in the middle of South Island. This provides easy access to beaches, pristine forests with extensive, well-maintained walking and mountain-biking tracks, excellent skiing in winter, and easy connections to other locations such as Australia. Christchurch is also very family friendly.

More Information

For more information or to submit your application, please see the following links:

+Email Rob Lindeman (gogo@hitlabnz.org) for more detailed information.

+Official posting and application link: http://ift.tt/2eTDTHh

+HIT Lab NZ PhD Programme: http://ift.tt/2ecTySj

+HIT Lab NZ: http://ift.tt/1XivDjX

+WRC: http://ift.tt/2ceEFmB

+SERC: http://ift.tt/2eTIYPM

+University of Canterbury: http://ift.tt/1phuhcn

+Christchurch, NZ: http://ift.tt/yGujgp
+Living & Working in NZ: http://ift.tt/1ObZwBo


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