[visionlist] PhD scholarship to examine cybersickness during head-mounted display based virtual reality

Stephen Palmisano stephenp at uow.edu.au
Mon Aug 16 00:43:27 -04 2021

Dear Visionlist,
Could you please post the following advertisement for a 3-year PhD student scholarship.
Many thanks,
Steve Palmisano

A 3-year PhD scholarship is available in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia). The successful candidate will join an Australian Research Council funded research team focussed on reducing cybersickness during head-mounted display based virtual reality.  Their PhD thesis research will be jointly supervised by:

·     A/Prof Stephen Palmisano (School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia - see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5A517ooAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao)

·     A/Prof Juno Kim (School of Optometry & Visual Science, University of New South Wales, Australia - see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=uVw0Dx8AAAAJ&hl=en)

·     Prof Robert Allison (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, York University, Canada -see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1LbWyf4AAAAJ&hl=en)

Project Title: Unleashing the potential of VR: Reducing cybersickness in head-mounted displays.

Project Summary: “Virtual reality (VR) is a breakthrough technology with a host of applied uses. Unfortunately, many people become sick when using head-mounted displays (HMDs). Our project proposes, and aims to test, a new theory of this cybersickness. We intend to quantify the sensory conflicts produced by HMD VR for the first time and measure their effects on perception, eye-movements, balance and well-being. The project will: 1) determine the causes of, and conditions responsible for, cybersickness; and 2) offer practical information on how to prevent it. These outcomes are expected to directly benefit, and greatly improve HMD use in, fields ranging from defence, education, entertainment, gaming, medicine, real estate, simulation training and tourism.”

The PhD scholarship, which is fully funded by the University of Wollongong, will provide a tax-free annual stipend of $28,092 per year for 3 years.  The scholarship will also cover the successful candidate’s tuition fees at the University of Wollongong.

Essential and Desirable Criteria:  Candidates must have (or will soon obtain) either an Honours degree (1st Class or 2nd Class Division 1) or a Research Masters (with at least ⅔’s of the degree comprising a thesis) in a related field (e.g., Psychology, Computer Science, Engineering, Kinesiology or Ergonomics).  A background in psychophysics, psychophysiology, or human factors experimentation is desirable (i.e., experience collecting, analysing, and reporting quantitative data - e.g., on human perception or motion sickness).  Programming experience would also be an asset (e.g., VR/Graphics programming in C/C++, MATLAB, OpenGL, UNITY, UNREAL ENGINE or Data analysis skills using MATLAB or R).

How to apply? Please email applications directly to A/Prof Stephen Palmisano (stephenp at uow.edu.au<mailto:stephenp at uow.edu.au>).  Please include: a) a current CV and your transcripts; b) a cover letter outlining your interest in, and suitability for, this project; and c) the names and contact details for two academic referees.

Associate Professor Stephen Palmisano
Head of Postgraduate Studies
School of Psychology | Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia
T +61 2 4221 3640 | F +61 2 4221 4163
Website: https://scholars.uow.edu.au/display/stephen_palmisano
Email: stephenp at uow.edu.au<mailto:stephenp at uow.edu.au>
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