LURA/USRA Posting Information

Position Type:

Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award- summer research


Position Title:  Research Assistant/summer researcher

Location: Lassonde Building

Professor: Robert Allison

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Contact for Professor (Email, phone):  416-736-2100 x20192

# of positions available: 2

Project Description (200-500 words maximum)

Students will help design, develop and conduct experiments related to human-computer interaction in virtual environments and digital media. In our lab we have a wide range of apparatus to study human perception in computer-mediated worlds including a new and unique fully immersive virtual environment display. The student would develop interactive 3D virtual worlds and conduct experiments to study self-motion perception, visual perception and human computer interaction in these virtual worlds. In particular, working with a senior graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, the successful applicant would model 3D environments, render them in a virtual reality or other digital media display, develop/implement interaction methods to control and interact with the simulation, and/or develop and run experimental scenarios to investigate these issues with human participants.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

Depending on skills and preparation the student would be responsible for

·         Literature reviews and research

·         Design of virtual environments

·         Computer programming

·         Testing

·         Recruiting participants

·         Conducting user studies

·         Modeling and Data analysis

·         Preparation of reports, graphics and presentations




Good programming skills, previous work with computer graphics or virtual reality would be helpful, as would basic mechanical skills.


Students with background in Psychology and interest in Experimental Psychology are also welcome to apply.


Students should be self-directed and work well in a team environment.


Artistic background or skill would be an asset but is not required


Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:

Digital Media, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, Vision Science

Stipend: TBD

Are you willing to host external students? (There is an additional cost.) Yes

Duration: 16 weeks minimum

Start Date: 05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date: 08/31/2018 (estimated)

Materials required for application:TBC