Applications open for 2021

The d-real programme is currently recruiting 7 PhD positions for our third cohort of students. You can see the details on the 7 projects here and you can make an application here.

What is d-real?

Multimodal digital media, across video, text, image, speech and Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) content, are rapidly reshaping our working and living environments. Seamlessly blending digital media and interaction within the physical world offers disruptive potential to enhance our effectiveness, efficiency and quality of engagement in everyday life.

The SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real) is an innovative, industry partnered, research training programme that equips PhD students with deep ICT knowledge and skills across Digital Platform Technology, Content and Media Technology and their application in Industry sectors. d-real postgraduate students will make research breakthroughs in areas such as multimodal interaction, multimodal digital assistants, multilingual speech processing, real-time multilingual translation and interaction, machine intelligence for video analytics and multimodal personalisation and agency.

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 information;
  • its transformation and personalisation;
  • its multimodal interaction and delivery via speech, text, video, image and VR/AR; and
  • its impactful application in multiple industry and societal settings.

When will it begin?

The first two cohorts of fully funded 4-year PhD scholarships started in September/October 2019 and September/October 2020. We are currently recruiting for September/October 2021 and will have one further intake in 2022.

How many PhD students will there be?

d-real will have four intakes of at least thirty PhD students, so 120+ students will be trained as world-class researchers through the SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real).

What Institutions are involved?

  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD; d-real Coordinator)
  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
  • Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin, formerly DIT)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)

d-real is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and by the contributions of industry partners. d-real is also supported by the ADAPT SFI Research Centre. Details of the d-real Leadership Team are available here.

Where can I find out more about the Training Programme?

More information about the Training Programme is available here.

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