Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Dr Andrew Cunningham

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
27 Feb 2024

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:

All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$42,000 p.a.

About this Project

This PhD will focus on Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and dialog management to more effectively support an operator in understanding a complex situation involving a team of AS (AUVs or robots), where effective is considered faster, more accurate, and contributing less cognitive load. To achieve this aim, this PhD will develop novel narrative visualisation (Segel & Heer, 2010) techniques and exemplar systems using immersive technologies (virtual and augmented reality) to explain to a user unexpected or anomalous behaviour of the team of AS. The narrative visualisation techniques will be implemented in immersive environments (both VR and AR), as these technologies provide an interface approaching the human sphere of perception ideally suited to visualising complex spatial scenarios.

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Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $42,000 per annum is available to eligible applicants. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. 

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

·         Experience with Virtual Reality development
·         Strong development skills (e.g. C++, C#)

All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide. 

Essential Dates 

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Tuesday, 27 February, 2024

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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