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PhD Studentship in Quality of Experience of Immersive Multisensory Experiences [QEIME_NM]

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PhD Studentship in Quality of Experience of Immersive Multisensory Experiences [QEIME_NM]

POSTED:June 16, 2021
CLOSES:July 16, 2021
Duration:4 Years
Reports to:Dr Niall Murray & Prof Cathal Gurrin
Salary:Annual stipend €18,500 (non-taxed)
Closing Date:July 16, 2021


  • Contribute to the ADAPT research agenda that pioneers and combines research in AI driven technologies: Natural Language Processing, Video/Text/Image/Speech processing, digital engagement & HCI, semantic modeling, personalisation, privacy & data governance. 
  • Work with our interdisciplinary team of leading experts from the complementary fields of, Social Sciences,  Communications, Commerce/Fintech, Ethics, Law,  Health, Environment and Sustainability.
  • Leverage our success.  ADAPT’s researchers have signed 43 collaborative research projects, 52 licence agreements and oversee 16 active commercialisation funds and 52 commercialisation awards.  ADAPT has won 40 competitive EU research projects and obtained €18.5 million in non-exchequer non-commercial funding. Additionally, six spinout companies have been formed. ADAPT’s researchers have produced over 1,500 journal and conference publications and nearly 100 PhD students have been trained. 

As an ADAPT funded PhD researcher you will have access to a network of 85 global experts and over 250 staff as well as a wide multi-disciplinary ecosystem across 8 leading Irish universities. We can influence and inform your work, share our networks and collaborate with you to increase your impact, and accelerate your career opportunities. Specifically we offer: 

  1. Opportunity to build your profile at international conferences and global events.
  2. A solid career pathway through formalised training & development, expert one-on-one supervision and exposure to top specialists.
  3. A Fully funded, 4 year PhD postgraduate studentship which includes  a stipend of (€18,500 per annum – non taxed), along with equipment, annual travel funding 
  4. Funding for annual student fees 



Quality of Experience of Immersive Multisensory Experiences

  • This project will investigate next generation immersive (AR/VR/XR) and multisensory (Haptic, Olfaction) technologies with an overarching aim to create impactful applications that significantly enhance and create rich multimodal user experiences.
  • This project will develop methodologies on how we can more accurately understand user quality of experience of such immersive multisensory multimedia experiences by linking lower level technical parameters with perceptual level experiences. To achieve the candidate will perform a suite of empirical studies with users to create data derived models of the experiences.
  • The successful candidate will gain skills and knowledge in: quantitative research design; statistical analysis techniques; machine learning; animation, game engine development.

The successful student will be supervised by Dr. Niall Murray (Athlone IT- in collaboration with Prof. Cathal Gurrin (Dublin City University – The student will be part of the Digital Enhanced Engagement Strand within ADAPT, and will join the ADAPT team at Athlone IT, working as part of Dr. Murray’s lab. The group publishes regularly in leading Multimedia, Virtual/Augmented Reality, QoE and HCI venues and conducts leading work on Multisensory Experiences, eXtended Reality Experiences, Quality of Experience and Human centric AI.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Eg Primary Degree (hons) in computer science, computer engineering, HCI or aligned field

Preferred qualifications:

  • MSc in computer science or aligned field
  • Game design/development experience (AR/VR/XR)
  • Machine Learning
  • Experimental design and user studies experience

Application Process

Each application should only consist of

  1. Detailed curriculum vitae, including – if applicable – relevant publications;
  2. Transcripts of degrees,
  3. The name and email contacts of two academic referees,
  4. A cover letter/letter of introduction (max 2000 words). In the letter, applicants should include the following details:
    1. An explanation of your interest in the research to be conducted and why you believe they are suitable for the position.
    2. Details of your final year undergraduate project (if applicable)
    3. Details of your MSc project (if applicable)
    4. Details of any relevant modules previously taken, at undergraduate and/or Master level.
    5. Details of any relevant work experience (if applicable).



ADAPT is committed to achieving better diversity and gender representation at all levels of the organisation, across leadership, academic, operations, research staff and studentship levels. ADAPT is committed to the continued development of employment policies, procedures and practices that promote gender equality. On that basis we encourage and welcome talented people from all backgrounds to join ADAPT.


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