[Humanist] 23.126 studentship in imaging

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Fri Jul 3 07:18:23 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 126.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:23:08 +0100
        From: "K ( Pepi ) Vacharopoulou" <k.vacharopoulou at UCL.AC.UK>
        Subject: [Fwd: 3D Imaging in Museums - PhD opportunity]

With apologies for cross-postings

Dear all,

You may be interested in this opportunity for a PhD studentship at
Kingston University to work on 3D reconstructions fo artefacts, buildings
and/or landscapes at Fishbourne Roman Palace.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,
Kalliopi Vacharopoulou



Title: 3D interactive technology and the museum visitor experience

Project Outline:

3D visualisation of objects and physical phenomena linked to their geographical location and provenance is emerging alongside other application areas, for example urban design and street scene visualisation, as an area of applied research in GIS and associated 3D technologies. This PhD research would explore the use of 3D interactive technologies for enhancing the experience of visitors to museums, using Fishbourne Palace Museum as a case study and test bed. The project involves collaboration with members of the Media Studies group at Kingston University and with the Sussex Archaeological Trust through the Fishbourne Palace Museum.

There are three core aspects to the research:

•	A technical evaluation of software tools capable of enabling visitors to click/touch on a display screen to explore interactively virtual objects representing ‘real-world’ objects that could not be disassembled and/or reconstructed (e.g. sarcophagi, temples and human remains).
•	Locating such virtual objects in their geographical and historical context using freely available mapping tool.

•	Volunteers recruited from the museum’s visitor base would participate in focus groups to evaluate prototype systems which would be used to inform the development of Beta demonstrator systems.

The project’s central research question seeks to discover the extent to which 3D interactive technologies can be combined with GIS tools in a way that enhances the experience of visitors to museums and potentially to similar collections held in public buildings (e.g. art galleries). Candidates with experience of GIS interested in developing the 3D visualisation aspects of this technology in innovative ways are encouraged to apply.

For further information or an informal discussion on the project, please contact: Professor Nigel Walford (020 8417 2512; N.Walford at kingston.ac.uk).

Studentships are full time (3 years for PhD subject to satisfactory progress and 1 year for MSc by Research) and include a stipend of £14,000 per annum and tuition fees for a Home/EU student (£3,500 per annum). Applicants eligible for overseas fees would have to cover the difference between the Home/EU tuition fee and the tuition fee for an overseas student (£10,350 per annum). The appointee will be expected to support teaching (maximum of 6 hours per week), which will be additionally funded. 

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