Fully-funded PhD Studentship – Augmented Fashion: Immersive Interactions for Sustainable Heritage in Fashion and Textiles

Applications are sought for a fully funded Research Studentship (PhD) in the School of Computing Science and Digital Media

Duration and Funding
The duration of the project will be up to 36 months duration, commencing in August 2020. The studentship is funded by Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen and covers both tuition fees (at Home/EU or International level) and a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum.

Proposed Research
The proposed research will work alongside a newly-funded AHRC research project within the School of Computing Science and Digital Media. This project, entitled: “Augmented Fashion: Immersive Interactions for Sustainable Heritage in Fashion and Textiles”, seeks to explore ways to educate the consumer about the sustainability, craftsmanship, heritage and value of traditional fashion and textile products, using a variety of media such as immersive and other HCI technologies. The UK and Chinese research – industry teams will establish and enhance a long-term collaboration to discuss the challenges and threats to creative fashion and textiles and ideas on how immersive experience and HCI techniques could be used to represent and preserve the history and heritage of traditional fashion and textile products, and transfer them into modern-style design to meet the current and future fashion trends. This research project explores the challenges in capturing, developing, disseminating and promoting provenance, heritage, craftsmanship and the value of slow fashion and textile products in contemporary society. Project website: www.augmentedfashion.co.uk

The PhD candidate will be required to investigate Computer Graphics techniques and technologies and Human Computer Interaction practice, identifying novel applications in fashion and textiles. The general research question is how digital technologies especially Immersive Technology, HCI could be utilized to enhance effective communications and culture transmissions in the fashion and textile industry. We will explore the research challenges that exist in the immersive fashion show, interactive fashion design & shopping experiences and creative online tools, etc. in the chosen topic.

The student will work on computational algorithms and methods to visualize and analysis 3D data and explore frontier digital technologies to record, process and present digital data of the sustainable preservation of tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage. The detailed project plan will be discussed once the AHRC project has started. The HCI (Human Computer Interaction) framework designed and developed on project will be a platform for gaining and sharing knowledge of relevant users.

The selected PhD student would have a focus on the development of mechanisms to support the communication, with at least part of the research analysis focused on user-perception and usability both in computer science and fashion & textile.

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

Essential Knowledge and Experience:

  • Computing knowledge on graphics & web
  • Knowledge on HCI techniques
  • Experience on user centered design
  • 3D Graphic and user centered design knowledge at undergraduate level;

Desirable requirements

  • Programming Skills on C++, Unity (or Unreal engine) and C# for Unity (or C++ for Unreal);
  • Android System Development;
  • Good understanding on Fashion and Textile areas;
  • Research skills;

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 Kate Lines at csdm-researchadmin@rgu.ac.uk by 12 noon on Sunday, 31 May 2020. 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.

All technical enquiries should be addressed to Dr Yang Jiang, y.jiang2@rgu.ac.uk