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PhD Student in Finger-level interaction in Virtual Reality

EPFL is delighted to offer a PhD position. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Virtual Reality immerses a person in a plausible simulation of reality. This project extends the possibilities of interaction in virtual environment with a 3D articulated avatar in the direction of introducing finger-level control of the hands while interacting with the user own body and with the virtual world. The position has a strong 3D algorithmic and Robotics flavor with a validation in the context of real-time full-body interactions. Some background in Biomechanics, motion capture or the modeling of 3D virtual humans can be useful but is not compulsory.

This research direction is part of a 4 years research project on Embodied Interaction funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The successful candidate will be expected to publish research results, attend conferences and actively collaborate in the lab activities including interaction with students through the supervision of semester projects and the participation to teaching.

Research-oriented Master in Robotics or Computer Science with solid programming skills (C++, C#, UNITY3D,), a robust mathematical background in 3D interaction involving articulated structures, and fluency in spoken and written English. Some background in Machine Learning is welcome as a secondary criteria. The candidate has to be accepted by either the EDRS (next application deadline is September 15th) or the EDIC doctoral programmes.

For additional information, please contact Dr Ronan Boulic by e-mail ronan.boulic@epfl.ch Please first send your application (cover letter and detailed resume) by e-mail to : ronan.boulic@epfl.ch


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