[visionlist] [PHD position] in vision science, VR and camouflage

George Lovell p.g.lovell at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 11:05:09 -04 2019

Applications are welcomed for this generously funded PhD project with
Rebecca Sharman, Ken Scott-Brown and  myself as supervisors.

Project Description
While research has begun to unpack how camouflage works, there are many
gaps in our understanding. For example, in disruptive camouflage the false
edges within the pattern do not attempt to exactly match the background,
yet they aid concealment. We will use psychophysics and Virtual Reality
(VR) to objectively measure the component visual features of camouflage in
different contexts. The research will improve our understanding of both
natural camouflage and the human visual system.

This project will for the first time offer evidence of how disruptive
camouflage works. We will conduct psychophysical experiments in both 2 and
3 dimensions (using VR) to determine how different visual properties
influence how effective camouflage is, including colour, luminance, spatial
frequency, and global structure and how these relate to the same properties
in the background. This will offer new information about which mechanisms
drive this form of camouflage e.g. pictorial depth, contour integration,
background matching or scene segmentation. Furthermore, in combination
these findings will help us to create a contextual model designed to
maximise camouflage effectiveness for a variety of backgrounds.

The research student will join our vision research group placed at the
heart of the interdisciplinary collective of research at Abertay. The
supervisory team have active collaborations with members of the School of
Design and Informatics, home of the first Computer Games Degrees in the UK,
and are well placed to provide a nurturing environment for a research
student. Similarly, the student will help generate new work and ideas
within the university and wider research community. The student will be
invited to participate in Fife Tayside Vision Group (linking St. Andrews,
Dundee, Abertay & Stirling Universities) and the Scottish Vision Group. The
student will also be mentored at national and international conferences
(e.g. AVA, SVG, ECVP, VSS). The goal of the studentship is to create a
research practitioner who can extend the reach of the visual perception
research capacity at Abertay, by developing an academic who can translate
knowledge between theoretical vision science and applied research areas.
Funding Notes
The PhD studentship provides a package valued at around £75,000. This
includes a fully-funded tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year over three
years, tuition fees, and a travel and equipment budget. You will be
expected to undertake limited teaching duties of no more than 70 hours per
year. We believe teaching and the associated training is an important part
of academic career development.


Dr George Lovell



Lecturer in Psychology
University of Abertay Dundee


Tel 01382-308581
Fax 01382-308749

Homepage: *https://www.abertay.ac.uk/staff/g_lovell_a36c8.php
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