MPhil - Developing Augmented Reality Holographic Interfaces

Qualification: MPhil

Department: School of Informatics

Application deadline: 30 November 2021

Start date: Early 2022

Overview

Supervisors

Project description

MPhil funded in collaboration with by ERDF and Industry partner Bloc Digital Ltd.

This research will develop a prototype of a Digital Assistant prototype. The prototype will consist of 2 x HoloLens2 Augmented Reality devices. A user will be able to login to the Hololens2 headset and retrieve their data and information, then invite a colleague wearing the other headset to collaborate with them in a shared space. 

The project will focus on the human-factors of such an operation with a special emphasis in developing an intuitive and engaging holographic interface for accessing information without being intrusive and suitable for industrial scenarios. Using Augmented Reality, the research will literally place information at the user’s fingertips.

It is anticipated that research will be required in the field of Augmented Reality, Human-factors and AI. We will require a form of graph-modelling to establish linkages between different information sources. Knowledge of Unity and C# is essential. This will be used to supply users with information in an engaging and user-friendly interface. This MPhil will conduct the fundamental research that will underpin this development.

European Regional Development Fund  Midlands Engine

Funding

Funding

This Industrial MPhil is funded by the Leicester Innovation Hub (through European Development Fund monies) and the sponsoring organisation, Bloc Digital Ltd.

The studentship provides:

  • Stipend of £1,166.67 per month for 12 months (total Stipend £14,000)
  • Tuition Fees at UK rates for 12 months.
  • UK/EU or international* applicants can apply.  

*international applicants must be able to pay the difference between UK and International fees themselves. The difference in fees for 2021/2 entry will be £16,325.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

BSc degree in a relevant subject (Minimum 2i classification) or overseas equivalent. Knowledge of Unity and C# is essential. 

Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable.

The MPhil student: 

  • have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline
  • adhere to project confidentiality; at the start of the project
  • assign any arising IP from the project
  • base their MPhil degree thesis on the research outcomes of the project
  • work closely with the SME company to undertake the research project
  • deliver monthly progress reports and a comprehensive project report to the University and sponsoring SME in addition to the MPhil thesis. 

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How to apply

How to apply

Please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page and select January 2022 entry.

The MPhil start date is flexible so we will manually amend this if a different start date is agreed.

In the funding section of the application please include the project reference LIA249 Anjum MPhil Studentship in the space provided.

In the proposal section please provide the name of the supervisors and project title (a proposal is not required).

With the application, please include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two referees in the text boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.

Eligibility

Eligibility

UK/EU and International* applicants welcome to apply.

*international applicants must be able to pay the difference between UK and International fees themselves. The difference in fees for 2021/2 entry will be £16,325.

The MPhil student must:

  • have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline
  • adhere to project confidentiality; at the start of the project
  • assign any arising IP from the project
  • base their MPhil degree thesis on the research outcomes of the project
  • work closely with the SME company to undertake the research project
  • deliver monthly progress reports and a comprehensive project report to the University and sponsoring SME in addition to the MPhil thesis.