ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of East Anglia
RESEARCH FIELDComputer science › OtherMathematics › Other
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE30/01/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONUnited Kingdom › Norwich
TYPE OF CONTRACTOther
OFFER STARTING DATE01/10/2020
Smartphones are becoming an increasingly vital and significant part of our everyday lives, and their popularity continues to grow. A study by the Office of Communications (Ofcom)  shows that two thirds of all adults in the UK own a smartphone, compared to only 39% in 2012. This research highlights how essential smartphones are becoming in our everyday lives, as they now considered to be the most important device for connecting to the Internet, even ahead of a laptop.
It is not only the ubiquity of these devices that continues to grow. Modern smartphones continue to evolve in terms of their complexity, and it is now normal for these devices to contain a number of sensors that are capable of observing the movement of these devices in the environment in which they are moving. The inclusion of a gyroscope and accelerometer in a smartphone mean that it is possible to track the motion of the device in space.
This PhD project will make use of these motion sensors to map environments and buildings. In addition to simply mapping the spaces, this project will look to extract contextual information about the features of the environment (e.g. doors, stairs, lifts, etc.). This data will then be reconstructed to create virtual representations of the environment using information visualisation techniques and potentially introducing augmented reality overlays.
This project will use a variety of skills including:
- Software development
- Information visualisation
- Data analytics
- Machine learning
- Augmented Reality
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This PhD project is in an EPSRC studentship competition within the Faculty of Science. Funding is for 3.5 years and will be available to successful candidates who meets the UK Research Council eligibility criteria. These requirements are detailed in the Research Council Training Grant Guide which can be found at https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/publications/rcuk-training-grant-guide-pdf/ (see Annex 1 for Residential Guidelines for Research Council Studentships). In most cases UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full-award. Other EU nationals may qualify for a fees only award.
EURAXESS offer ID: 471123
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