Abertay offers a range of funded PhD and Masters projects for enthusiastic and ambitious candidates who are interested in pursuing a research degree at Abertay University.
Funded PhD and Research Masters projects are available to students who hold (or expect to gain) either a First Class Honours degree, an Upper Second Class Honours degree or a Masters qualification.
The studentships described below have been divided into three categories:
Due to open – These studentships will be advertised shortly.
Closed – These studentships are now closed for applications, however, you may be interested in seeing what topics we have funded previously.
We have 2 funded studentships open at this time:
Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Using Affective Computing to Create an Emotional Bond between Users and Virtual Agents for Enhanced Social Interaction
A 3.5 year fully funded studentship with a February or June 2020 start
Project Synopsis: With natural user interfaces, the potential for well-designed Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) to improve the human condition increases and it is desired that such interactions are more direct and consistent with human natural behaviour. The emergence of biofeedback systems makes it more intuitive that users’ emotions should play a role in the interaction loop. A closed affective interaction loop is implemented in a computer game by involving player’s emotions in the gameplay and incorporating an affective dimension into the gameplay design.
This project is interested in the emotional connection between humans and emotionally aware non-player characters (NPCs), and how an affective dimension in the agent’s architecture influences such bonds. Companion NPCs shadow the player during the game and often assist them through certain events and quests. Emotionally intelligent companions are likely to tempt the player into a continuous and more convincing interaction loop, strengthening the emotional connection that often accompanies long-term player-NPC companionship.
An emotionally intelligent agent needs a means for collecting knowledge from its surroundings, a decision-making mechanism, and the ability to execute those decisions. We will implement an affective loop consisting of two modules incorporated into a selected test game to influence the NPC; emotion recognition and game adaptation. The recognition system combines players’ behavioural expressions and physiological cues to infer their emotional state. The adaptation mechanism associates the extracted emotions or affect variables with in-game features and events, including the NPC’s behaviour. The NPC will be designed to integrate believability requirements of virtual agents to represent personality, emotion and social traits. Adding and affective factor to the character’s design helps produce emotionally intelligent responses that account for user’s affective states and adapt to their needs and preferences in ways perceived as more natural.
The project will incorporate artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and game level and character design, in addition to user psychology assessment. It is led by the School of Design and Informatics with the support of colleagues from the School of Applied Sciences. The student will be joining a multidisciplinary research team across the Divisions of Cybersecurity, Games Technology and Mathematics, and Psychology. The team will have access to the Emergent Technology Centre (ETC) within Abertay which offers specialised equipment for experimental games and IoT technology to create applications and experiences for immersive and other technologies. Abertay University is internationally recognised for its leading achievements in the aforementioned areas, bridging academia, research, industry and the community. This offers a wide range of expertise and a great nurturing environment for researchers.
apply here: https://abertay.co/Nzk0
Fully Funded PhD Studentship: The effect of different types of omega-3 fatty acids on exercise capacity in the elderly
A 3 year fully funded studentship with a February or June 2020 Start
Project Synopsis: Ageing is associated with declining cardiovascular health, mobility and exercise capacity leading to loss of independence. Omega-3 fatty acids have the potential to improve these biological functions, which will impact on quality of life, but they are not all equal and their differential effect is still uncertain, especially in older people. This project aims to elucidate which type of omega-3 fatty acid is most efficient in improving cardiovascular function and exercise capacity in the elderly population.
Apply here: https://abertay.co/OGUw
A list of upcoming studentships will be displayed below when available.
A related Masters-level qualification is desirable, but not essential. Otherwise you must have, or expect to obtain, a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree in a discipline relevant to the studentship you are applying for.
If your first language is not English, or your undergraduate or Masters degree was not taught in English, you are required to hold a suitable English language certificate.
If you require a Tier 4 visa, you must provide one of the following English language certificates:
If you do not need a Tier 4 visa or are an EEA National, you are permitted to use one of the following:
*The University can only accept these qualifications if they were completed two years prior to the start of the programme.
All available studentships are listed on the Abertay Jobs page, as well as FindAPhD.com. The individual listings will specify the steps you need to follow. We only accept online applications submitted via the Abertay Jobs portal.
Every single studentship will have its own specific requirements. Make sure you read them carefully.
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