Research Studentship (PhD) in User Computing Interaction lab (RGUx)

Fully-funded PhD Studentship 

HCI techniques for Culture Heritage Preservation and Policy Study

Robert Gordon University

Closing Date: 12 noon Monday 29thOctober 2018

Applications are sought for a fully funded Research Studentship (PhD) in User Computing Interaction lab (RGUx) at Robert Gordon University.

Duration and Funding

The project will be 36 months duration, commencing in February 2019. The studentship is funded by Robert Gordon University (RGU), and includes tuition fees (at Home/EU or International level) as well as a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum for three years.

Proposed Research

The proposed research will design and develop a multidisciplinary framework (described as an Immersive Community) for culture heritage preservation and policy studies to support decision-making, communication, public engagement and tourism.

Working with The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at RGU, this PhD candidate is required to investigate the technologies in both areas, and bridge the gaps existing cross two disciplines. The student will work on computational algorithms and methods to process and analysis 3D scanned point cloud data and explore frontier digital technologies of 3D scanning and Drone Deployment, Immersive Technologies, BIM and Visibility Analysis to record, process and present digital data of the sustainable preservation of Cultural Heritage. The HCI (Human Computer Interaction) framework designed and developed on project will be a platform for gaining and sharing knowledge of relevant users.

As computing scientists, we are mainly focused on providing the research on HCI domain on chosen topic, especially on 3D visualizations on scene rendering and gamifications; research methodologies on immersive user interaction; AR mobile application and WebVR design and development; algorithms development on Point Cloud Data analysis. Analysis and interpretation of point cloud data generated from 3D scanners, textured 3D models of selected listed buildings will be used to aid decision making in relation to design and assessments of risk, prior to work starting on construction.

Key Skills

Applicants should have a very good Honours degree or a Masters at Distinction level in Computing Science or related discipline.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong skills in Unity and programming skills on C# for Unity
  • 3D Graphic and user centered design knowledge at undergraduate level;
  • Knowledge on Point Cloud data and Immersive Technologies;
    Strong web programming skills on HTML, PHP, Javascript, WebVR library etc.

Desirable requirements

  • Knowledge on BIM solutions;
  • Programming Skills on C++;

Applicants should have good personal and communication skills, strong professionalism and integrity and be confident working on their own initiative


Applications should be emailed to Virginia Dawod at 12 noon on Monday 29thOctober 2018. The applications should consist of a covering letter or personal statement of interest, and CV. Further information such as passport details or transcripts may be requested during the short-listing stage. Interviews are expected to take place on weeks commencing 5thor 12thNovember 2018.

All enquiries should be addressed to Dr Yang Jiang,