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Doctoral Program in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (D-REAL)
University of Dublin - Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Galway (Irland)
SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (D-REAL)
Applications are open for the doctoral program in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (D-REAL).
Rolling deadline, advertisement will remain open until all positions are filled (final
date: Friday 12 June 2020)
16 places on offer, starting in September 2020
Fully-funded 4-year program, across five universities in Ireland – Dublin City
University, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, Technological University Dublin and
University College Dublin
Team of over 100 supervisors
Based in Dublin or Galway, Ireland
Tax-free stipend of €18,500 per year
Join our multi-disciplinary cohort of 30 students who will pursue their PhDs as part of
an innovative cohort group working in the cutting edge of digital media technology
Industry-linked program, with placement of three months with an industry
Each student who is admitted to this program will receive a full scholarship to undertake
a four-year structured PhD program. This scholarship comprises full payment of
university fees for four years and a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum for four years. In
addition, a budget for conference travel, equipment, training, placement maintenance and
publication costs is provided.
All students will be members of a cohort of 30, working across a number of disciplines in the
area of digital media. The cohort will be brought together for training activities throughout
the four years, across all five institutions. Training will focus on disciplinary skills, master
classes and transferable skills. Graduates will develop the skills necessary to work in industry
Students will be hired on specific projects, as detailed on our website. Each student will have
a supervisor in their 'home' institution and a secondary supervisor from among the 100
supervisors in the D-REAL program. This supervisory system encourages collaboration
across the institutions, giving the student the opportunity to draw on expert knowledge
across the program.
Whether via multimodal devices such as smart phones, embedded displays and IoT, or
virtual assistants and VR/AR experiences, media technology is revolutionising the way we
interact, collaborate and behave. D-REAL PhD students will develop skills for next generation
human-centric media technology, including:
machine intelligence-based sensing and understanding of digital content and
its transformation and personalisation;
its multimodal interaction and delivery via speech, text, video, image and VR/AR; and
its impacful application in multiple industry and societal settings.
Applicants should visit the D-REAL website and look through the list of the open positions on
the programme here. They should then complete an application form. Applicants will be
asked to fill out details of their education record, employment history and to select their top
three PhD topic preferences from the list of projects.
The minimum requirements for entry into the program are:
2.1 grade tior equivalent) in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in computer science,
maths, engineering or similar technical discipline. Other qualifications in disciplines related
to listed PhD topics will also be considered.
Strong programming/technical ability.
Non-native English speakers are required to meeting the language requirements set in the
university in which they register.