Singapore: PhD scholarships in computer science

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This topic unifies several PhD projects which will contribute
towards the NRF funded project entitled “Visual and Haptic Rendering in
Co-Space”. The work will be carried out at the Centre for Advance Media
Technologies (CAMTech) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
The goal of the project is to propose an efficient interoperable
mathematical model defining geometry, visual appearance and tangible
physical properties of objects in Co-Space which is a new paradigm of a
shared virtual world where the real and virtual objects co-exist and
virtual objects can even be touched. The object definitions must be
small in size and invariant to the rendering platform used in Co-Space.
The particular goals of the project include development of the fast
interactive definitions by implicit and explicit functions, description
of complex geometry using parametric partial differential equations,
introduction of function-defined physical properties to objects in
Co-Space, and development of several exemplar applications illustrating
the usefulness of the proposed approach, including an ability to
establish physical contact with other party in Co-Space through haptic
devices. The projects will also address GPU-based rendering and general
purpose computation on GPU, grid-based rendering and interactive
free-form shape modeling, 3D reconstruction.

Projects on AI
Cyber-learning in cyberworlds

Cyber-learning is an important and vital part of university
education. However, when more and more information is provided
electronically, it often results in disorientation and exhaust of the
students. The students become more and more interested in personalized
education where, ideally, their personal mentors would be able to help
with solving any problem. Creating and using educational cyberworlds
with cyber-instructors may become an excellent teaching tool
implementing personal mentoring of students
at affordable cost. Design and implementation of cyber-instructors
requires the following research and development work to be done:

  1. To study the existing educational cyberworlds and intelligent talking agents (chatbots)
  2. To propose a concept of cyber-education where virtual instructors
    will augment and even replace real instructors. Cyber-learning with
    cyber-instructors must incorporate elements of fun and games.
  3. The proposed concepts can be implemented within a shared virtual
    world or as a stand-alone version. The candidate has to design and
    implement cyber-instructors, which will be able to maintain
    conversation with the students as well as offer different educational
    services. There must be designed and developed interactive software
    tools with user-friendly interfaces allowing the lecturers to add
    content to the “brains” of the cyber-instructors.

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Requirements to the candidates

  • Solid background in mathematics and/or physics
  • Advance programming skills (C, C++, Java)
  • Experience in computer graphics (undergraduate course at least, former projects will be an advantage)

Further advantages will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in web (Java Script, Perl, etc.) and 3D web (VRML, X3D, AW RWX, SL scripts) programming.
  • Knowledge of Grid and/or cluster computing.
  • GPU programming.
  • Experience in volume graphics, ray tracing, etc.

The detailed topic will be defined after discussing it with the applicant.

Other requirements and the application procedure are available here.

Application procedure
The application process takes about 6 months to apply and complete all
the paper work. Datelines for the final submission of the
in-principally approved applications for international candidates: 10
October for January intake and 10 June for August intake.

To initialize the application process, email me your extended CV,
graduate transcripts (in English), and a detailed essay about your
knowledge of the area of research, proposed research topic and skills
and experience you have with reference to it and the above listed
requirements. The next step is an oral interview (~45-60 min) which is
normally done by skype or phone for foreign students. The purpose of
the interview is to check you language skills as well as professional knowledge and personal traits. TOEFL
and GRE are normally required but sometimes can be replaced by our own
tests (by skype and email). The applicants will be also required to
pass a professional test (by email).

Scholarship description
The graduate projects start in January or August and last normally 4
years. This is a full time research project which has to be done in
Singapore at NTU. The workload is quite high, especially during the
first year. The working environment is excellent. The students will
receive a monthly stipend of S$ 2,000 during the first 1.5 year, and
after passing the confirmation examination, $2,500 during the
subsequent years. About S$ 800-1000 will pay for meals and
accommodation. Exceptional candidates can be awarded a special stipend
of S$3,000. No part-time job is allowed however there can be a paid
teaching job offered. During the project, the student has to take 3-6
graduate subjects up to the School’s discretion.

Contact:
Alexei Sourin, Ph.D., M.Eng.,
Associate Professor

Division of Computer Science, School of Computer Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Office: N4-02a-10 Phone: +65-67904292 Fax: +65-67926559
Email: assourin { at } ntu.edu.sg

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