New PhD studentship: Immersive Technologies to drive inclusion of disabled musicians
Led by Dr Franziska Schroeder, this 3 year full PhD studentship is funded by the Department for the Economy NI. The studentship, based in Queen’s University Belfast is for full-time study and expected to start by October 2020.
A 3 year full PhD studentship funded by the Department for the Economy NI.
Student eligibility criteria for DfE-funded studentships can be accessed here.
The studentship is for full-time study and expected to start by October 2020 and is based in Queen’s University Belfast.
The research aims to identify improved ways in which digital technologies, especially immersive, augmented and virtual reality technologies can afford better inclusion of disabled musicians in music making.
The studentship sits within Queen’s Performance without Barriers research group and is co-supervised by Drake Music NI.
The successful PhD researcher will work with disabled musicians in the context of Drake Music NI, using in particular VR technologies. These will be designed, tested and built through the partnership.
The PhD student will engage in research to better understand how disabled musicians can make use of emerging technologies, answering questions such as
- What are the most appropriate virtual reality (VR) technologies in the context of working with disabled music performers (taking into account that there will have to be different design strategies depending on the type of disability)?
- What novel forms and techniques of performance might arise in designing and using bespoke VR music instruments?
- What are the ethical issues raised through performing with VR technologies, used by disabled musicians?
We are seeking proposals from students with appropriate technical and practical experience in working in interface design, HCI, immersive tech, improvisation, and inclusion.
The PhD entry requirements can be found here http://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-research/music-phd.html#entry.
All applications are made through the Queen’s University Belfast direct application portal https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php. Please upload a CV along with your research proposal. The closing date is Wednesday 1st April 2020.