PhD Studentship in Computer Science: Immersive Visualization

Newcastle University

About the Project


Recent years have seen a growing use of immersive visualization. Researchers quickly established that immersivity does not merely enhance existing visualization metaphors, but rather addresses specific challenges. It is commonly established that immersive visualisation enables situated analysis, spatial data and spatial task, collaboration, and presentation. These capabilities prove particularly valuable in domains like graph visualization, geospatial data representation, and teaching, as well as across various fields including health, energy, defence, and security. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms responsible for these enhanced performances are not yet fully comprehended. 

This research work aims to investigate how people perceive and interpret information in immersive environments and rely on these findings to propose innovative methods of representing information to support data analysis. An anticipated outcome of this work is to identify the different perception mechanisms involve in immersive visualisation, to identify their uses to represent and interpret information, and finally to design a representation demonstrating the knowledge extracted from the previous tasks. 

Reading recommendation: 

Melanie Tory, “Mental Registration of 2D and 3D Visualizations (An Empirical Study)”, IEEE Visualization 2003, pp. 371-378, Oct. 2003. 

Number Of Awards


Start Date

September 2023 or January 2024

Award Duration

3.5 years


School of Computing 


Dr Alma Cantu

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed PhD project which is computer science. 

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills. 

The studentship covers fees at Home rate (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees. 

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme. 

How To Apply

Apply using Apply to Newcastle Portal 

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’. 

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify programme of study:

  • Search for the ‘Course Title’ using programme code: 8050F 
  • Research Area: Computing Science  
  • Select PhD Computer Science as programme of study 

You then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section: 

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (mandatory field) – upload document or write a statement directly in the application form 
  • The studentship code COMP2146 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field 
  • When prompted regarding research proposal – select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert – and provide your own statement. 

Contact Details

emailto:School of Computing 

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