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Application of computer vision and machine learning for spatially accurate object representation in AR/VR MSc


The Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) at Cranfield is the internationally recognised and award-winning centre of excellence for creative design, strategy and leadership.


Cranfield University in partnership with OrangeLV have come together to offer an exciting MSc focusing on the development of a novel proof of concept AR/VR solution. The MSc will apply CV and ML to a narrow scenario inspired by the challenges revealed during development of various products by OrangeLV. The MSc will become efficient in working with AR/VR through the help of assistance by OrangeLV and a well-stocked lab.

AR and VR are areas of exponential growth yet builds upon the foundation of CV and ML. This research opportunity will allow combining existing understanding of CV and ML with gained insights in AR/VR and access to cutting-edge hardware and software into the development of focused software for education, commerce or entertainment.

We are looking for a stellar candidate with skills in CV and ML and aptitude to pick up AR/VR and collaborate with other multidisciplinary software developers, 3D artists, designers and researchers in prototyping and building proof of concept AR/VR software products.

The student will also gain the opportunity to acquire or enhance transferable skills:

  • Expertise in Computer Vision and Machine Learning applied to AR/VR

  • Experience writing code for various platforms

  • Experience designing for multi-threaded architectures

  • Experience in profiling, debugging and testing complex systems

  • Experience working with 3D content

  • Insights into Material and Physics Simulation 

  • Capacity to collaborate with content artists and designers

  • Knowledge of cloud services and web API usage

  • Writing skills (reports/applications/documents) 

This is PhD is part of a wider research project focusing on the development of a novel proof of concept Augmented Reality (AR)/ Virtual Reality (VR) solution.

International travel may be expected throughout the project duration.

Sponsor Information/Background

The Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) at Cranfield is the internationally recognised and award-winning centre of excellence for creative design and innovation. We have breakthrough innovation facilities and highly experienced staff. 

OrangeLV is a solution-driven global innovation partner and subject matter expert in visual content production, software development and asset management. They are based in Seattle with offices in London, Riga and Vilnius and collaborate with clients worldwide as well as build their own products on Web/AR/VR/MR/Mobile.

At A Glance

  • Application deadline: 31 Jan 2020

  • Award type(s): MSc by Research

  • Start date: 02 Mar 2020

  • Duration of award: 1 year

  • Eligibility: UK, EU

  • Reference number: SWEE0085

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree (or extensive industrial experience in a related discipline).
This project would suit candidates with UX design, Augmented Reality, Digital Technology, Computer Science, Graphics, Machine Learning skills.


Sponsored OrangeLV Ltd, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £15,600 (tax-free) plus fees*

*To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK/EU national. We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.


Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.


How To Apply

For further information please contact Leon Williams
T: (0)1234 750111 Ext: 8531

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form

For further information contact us today:

T: +44 (0)1234 758082

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