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Available studentships

SEAHA provide fully-funded four-year integrated MRes and PhD studentships to eligible students.  All studentships are advertised as separate research projects and will be announced throughout the year; note that we do not have one application period.

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Information on how to apply can be found in the project title links below.

Large-scale metadata enrichment of 3D cultural heritage artefacts by automatic and user-based metadata acquisition

Creating 3D digital models of museum artefacts is a great way to protect, document, manage, present and share heritage stored in museum collections. The latest 3d scanning technologies allow us to automate the creation of such models, which means we can consider scanning collections on a large scale. But such digitised collections need to be organised, using semantic metadata about their origins, owners, purpose, shape, colour etc. This project aims to develop novel scalable methods to acquire such metadata from 3d scans, for example by identifying shapes (such as a vase or a human statue), or components (such as an arm or a handle), and identifying links between shapes and other digital assets such as text or images. In addition, it aims at further developing web-based 3D-centered annotation systems and contributing to standardization efforts regarding image formats and 3D models through interest groups such as IIIF and the Web3D consortium.

For more information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2017-large-scale-metadata-enrichment-of-3d-cultural-heritage-artefacts.aspx

Project supervisors

Academic supervisors – Dr Roger Evans (University of Brighton), Dr Karina Rodriguez (University of Brighton)
Industrial supervisors – Pedro Santos (Fraunhofer-IGD), Jonathan Beck (MyMiniFactory Scan the World project)
Application deadline: 5.00pm 19th April 2018

Conscious digitisation to support the conservation of the V&A’s collection of large scale reproductions

Advanced digitisation techniques allow the recording of the shape as well as other optical and physical properties of artefacts to a degree of accuracy, enabling new ways to document artefacts and their conditions. The Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) intends to incorporate digitisation techniques into its enhanced offering of information about its collections. The aim of this project is to develop methods to incorporate digitisation and visualisation techniques into the documentation of the collection as well as developing quality indicators that assist the interpretation of the artefact for conservation purposes. The research will make use of large scale reproductions, such as the Trajan Column cast, to improve the understanding of its manufacturing and its condition including changes in the shape of the artefact due to environmental conditions over the years.

For further information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2018-digitisation-of-v-and-a-reproductions.aspx

Project supervisors

Academic Supervisors: Dr Karina Rodriguez  (University of Brighton,  Prof Tim Weyrich, (UCL)

Industrial Supervisors: Marion Crick, Head of Collections Management (V&A), Sarah Healey-Dilkes (Sculpture and Monument Conservator), Charlotte Hubbard (V&A)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 19th April 2018

Evaluating contemporary digital technologies for the reconstruction and mapping of archaeological resources

This PhD will systematically analyse the potential of high resolution multispectral and hyperspectral datasets, collected from both unmanned and spaceborne systems, to investigate their potential to predict near and sub-surface sediment architectures of river valley systems (specifically the Rivers Lugg and Wye, UK), and to utilise this data for the management of buried archaeological resources. The evaluation of purposively collected multi/hyper data to identify these subsurface architectures has the capacity to greatly increase our understanding of the distribution of archaeological resources within these complex floodplain sedimentary systems. Geoarchaeological investigations have frequently utilised topographic data sets (e.g. lidar) to investigate alluvial areas, but there has been little corresponding application of other remote sensed data sets, such as multi/hyper spectral bands, to identify geomorphological features and sub-surface sediment architectures.

For further information: University of Brighton

Project Supervisors

Academic supervisors: Dr Chris Carey (University of Brighton), Dr Niall Burnside (University of Brighton), Dr Matthew Brolly (University of Brighton

Industrial Supervisors: Robin Jackson (Worcester County Council). Dr Andy Howard (Landscape Research and Management)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 19th April 2018

Drones for Heritage Communications and Audience Development

This PhD project critically explores how drone technology could inform an audience development framework for heritage institutions, especially around diversification of audiences and innovative ways of engaging with heritage culture. It asks about the potential socio-economic benefits for the heritage sector of drawing on commercial and civic models (e.g. drone film festivals, drone races, science/geek family days out) around drone technologies. It also considers what mediator role the heritage sector could play between the legal context, commercial exploitation and end-user engagement around drone technology.

The methodology will include desk-based research and expert interviews, leading to a preliminary model. The drone technology experimentation and field work phase will test this model in partnership with the heritage/industry partners. The audience/user perspective will be captured through observations and interviews. The analysis will map out opportunities, barriers and potential partnership models for innovation and collaboration between the drone culture industry and the heritage sector.

For further information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2018-drones.aspx

Project Supervisors

Academic Supervisors: Dr Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton), Dr Patricia Prieto Blanco (University of Brighton), Dr Jaime Kaminski (University of Brighton)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 19th April 2018

Seismic protection of Heritage structures through Vibrating Barriers

Seismic protection of heritage structures is an unresolved research problem that not only is a public safety issue but also adds to the constraints for the protection of the artistic value of heritage buildings. The proposed research aims to fill this knowledge gap by looking at ways to protect a structure without altering its appearance, and therefore preserving its artistic value. The novel Vibrating Barrier technology, that has inspired a motion for a European Parliament resolution on the importance of protecting cities from earthquake damage and featured in several high profile magazines (e.g. Forbes, World Economic Forum, Next Cities), will be further developed to protect historic areas from earthquakes. In its simplest configuration the ViBa is made by a mass spring system buried in the soil and able to vibrate.

For further information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2018-viba4heritage.aspx

Project Supervisors

Academic Supervisors: Dr Pierfrancesco Cacciola, (University of Brighton), Dr Alessandro Tombari (University of Brighton), Dr Andreas Lampropoulos (University of Brighton)

Industrial Supervisors: Mr Jon Orrell (HOP), Dr Styliani Papatzani (Greek Ministry of Cultures)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 19th April 2018

3D 5G Immersive Audio for Urban Outdoor Heritage Contexts

This project will address a research gap concerning the understanding of the combined use of 3D and 5G technologies to engage heritage audiences. The project will be novel in approach in that it will use a combination of 3D immersive audio and 5G technology to create heritage-specific content and to develop new audiences for the heritage sector. It will create a prototype environment for the creation, curation and dissemination of heritage-specific 3D audio. For this, it will combine the Innovate UK funded Brighton Digital Catapult 5G testbed for high-speed content streaming and low latency, Google Resonance Audio tools for 3D sound, the Echoes Creator for geolocative sound and outdoor Heritage locations in Brighton.

For further information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2018-3d-5g-immersive-audio.aspx

Project Supervisors

Academic supervisors: Dr Maria Papadomanolaki (University of Brighton), Dr Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton)

Industrial supervisors: Dr Joshua Kopecek (Echoes), Phil Blume (The Regency Town House)

Application deadline: 11.59pm, 22nd April 2018

Internet of Things (IoT) application for facilities management and asset management of complex heritage estates

Building upon the relevant theories, this project will provide novel insights into how Building Information Modelling (BIM) can effectively be utilised to facilitate restoration, repair and maintenance in heritage buildings. This project seeks to explore ways of real-time assistance in decision making, through integration of BIM with data collected by other technologies linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) such as point-cloud scanning, drone radiometric, and drone building and site survey solutions as well as mixed, augmented and virtual reality. This project will take the UK Government “Soft Landing” strategy to the next level to apply it to one of the most iconic Cathedrals in the south of England – Chichester Cathedral and its entire estate – with dissemination through the Church of England (CoE) Heritage team based in London.

For more information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2018-iot4fm.aspx

Project Supervisors

Academic supervisors: Dr Poorang Piroozfar (University of Brighton), Dr Hannah Wood (University of Brighton), Dr Ruoyu Jin (University of Brighton)

Industrial supervisors: Mr Philip Rose  (VINCI Construction UK Ltd), Dr David Greenfield (SOENECS Ltd),  Dr Eric Farr (NoNames Design Research Studios)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 19th April 2018

Evaluating evaluation trenching in archaeological projects

Archaeological programmes within the developer funded sector routinely use evaluating trenching to investigate the nature and distribution of historic environmental resources, which determines the methodology of the full mitigation excavation. Despite the prominence of evaluation excavation within the archaeological process, scant research has been undertaken on the effectiveness of current strategies for the detection of archaeological remains, and the importance of different depositional environments (e.g. alluvial). This project will assess the usefulness and limitations of evaluation trenching in different environment types, for the detection of different archaeological resources. This can then allow the development of better strategies of evaluation trenching, and possibly a clearer relationship between different evaluation designs and other archaeological methods, e.g. gradiometry or deposit modelling. Ultimately, this will lead to more refined archaeological programmes within the developer funded sector and better archaeological yields.

For more information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2018-evaluating-evaluation.aspx

Project Supervisors

Academic supervisors: Dr Chris Carey (University of Brighton), Dr Matthew Brolly (University of Brighton), Dr Niall Burnside (University of Brighton)

Heritage supervisor: Jane Corcoran (Historic England)             Industry supervisor: Dr David Knight (Trent & Peak Archaeology)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 18th May 2018

 

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