Real world tasks as diverse as drinking tea or operating machines require us to integrate information across time and the senses. Understanding how we perform dynamic, multisensory integration is a key challenge with important applications in digital and virtual environments.
Our goal is to produce a step change in the industrial challenge of creating virtual objects that look, feel, move and change like ‘the real thing’. Our integrated training will produce a cohort of young researchers who are able to translate between the fundamental neuro-cognitive mechanisms of object and material perception and diverse applications in virtual reality.
PhD students will engage in cutting-edge, multidisciplinary projects, under the supervision of experts in visual and haptic perception, neuroimaging, modelling, material rendering and lighting design. A key benefit for these students will be the opportunities to work in different labs, and with our industrial and public outreach partners. We are also recruiting a project coordinator to support our activities.