PhD - Gent | More than two weeks ago
The PhD will be oriented towards the development of the auralization engine, starting with the implementation of state-of-the-art algorithms such as wave field synthesis (WFS), higher order ambisonics (HOA) and graphical beam tracking for AR.
IDLab is a core research group of imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, with research activities at Ghent University. IDLab performs fundamental and applied research on data science and internet technology, and is, with over 300 researchers, one of the larger research groups at imec. Our major research areas are machine learning and data mining; semantic intelligence; multimedia processing; distributed intelligence for IoT; cloud and big data infrastructures; wireless and fixed networking; electromagnetics, RF and high-speed circuits and systems.
The activities of the PhD position are embedded in this stimulating environment and include data-efficient machine learning (or surrogate modeling), active learning, Bayesian optimization, etc. with applications in computer aided design (CAD; design optimization and the design and analysis of computer experiments), automatic machine learning (AutoML), etc.
MusiXR is an interdisciplinary research project aimed at developing and studying realistic musical concert experiences in extended reality (XR, encompassing virtual, augmented, and mixed reality). The project focuses on improving the simulation of room acoustics in XR musical environments (cf. ‘auralization’), in combination with obtaining a better understanding of the behaviour, cognition, and emotion of users (musicians and listeners) engaged in such XR music concert experiences.
The PhD will be oriented towards the development of the auralization engine, starting with the implementation of state-of-the-art algorithms such as wave field synthesis (WFS), higher order ambisonics (HOA) and graphical beam tracking for AR. This state-of-the-art implementation will be used to simulate different music concert scenarios in order to study the feeling of ‘presence’ (this work will be carried out by another PhD student embedded in the humanities department). The feedback/quantification of presence should, in a second stage, be fed back to the auralization engine to improve user immersion.
The research will be conducted in the Art and Science Interaction Lab (ASIL) at Ghent University (http://asil.ugent.be/). The ASIL is a lively interdisciplinary research facility, equipped with, amongst others, an 88-speaker 3D setup (IOSONO), an advanced motion capture system, EEG/fNIRS systems, movement and physiological sensors, and wireless VR technologies.
The project is supervised by Prof. Pieter-Jan Maes and dr. ir. Bart Moens (both from IPEM, UGent), and Prof. Nilesh Madhu (from IDLab, UGent).
Further, all Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers.
Welcome (but not essential):
Applications are welcome until January 15, 2021. The application package should contain a CV (and overview of the study results), an application/motivation letter, and copy of the obtained degree(s) (in the case of those who have already obtained their degrees, or expected date of graduation in the case of those finishing their masters).
The application package may be mailed to Nilesh Madhu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Bart Moens (email@example.com).
We are relatively flexible on the starting date, but we expect the successful candidate to start no later than April 2021 (of course, this is subject to the existing COVID-19 situation at the time).