Master thesis: Ethics of XR

January 03, 2023
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Master thesis: Ethics of XR

Description XR technologies raise important ethical concerns, such as the extreme visual realism associated with violence or adult content in VR or the exploitation of users' privacy in AR. This thesis project will investigate the ethical and socio-technical requirements of XR design and its use in different application domains, including cultural sector, industry, learning and education as well as entertainment. The goal is to investigate ethical concerns in XR domain with respect to the physical/virtual environment in which the technology is used and with respect to its different group of users. The purpose is to identify the potential ethical risks of XR technologies and to explore and suggest safe, inclusive, and trustworthy solutions.

You will be expected to do a literature study in order to get familiar with what the research field looks like today, and then start with simpler explorative ideas and eventually extend or develop upon more focused user- centred studies. This will be a research-oriented master thesis.

Useful reading material 2020. Slater, et al. 2020. The Ethics of Realism in Virtual and Augmented Reality. Frontiers Virtual Reality.

Who are you? You are familiar with Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design (IxD), user-cantered design, qualitative and quantitative research methods. You have a good knowledge of XR and immersive technologies, both in terms of design and experiences they offer. You are interested in ethics and XR research from a human-centred perspective. You are open to creative, out-of- the-box suggestions to carry out a study, suggest/run potential workshop activities. Design and/or XR programming skills are appreciated but not required.

Start date: As soon as possible Location: Stockholm, Kista, Prototyping Societies department. Remote work will be considered depending on the case and if the candidate demonstrates a strong relevant background. Credits: 30 ECTS

Welcome with your application!

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • A copy of your recent grades
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue this thesis topic, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and current program (max. 700 words).
  • Candidates are encouraged to send in their application as soon as possible but at the latest on the 28th of February. Suitable applicants will be interviewed as applications are received. We do not accept applications via email. For questions and more information, please contact Asreen Rostami,, +46 10 228 42 06

    Extended reality, VR, AR, physiological signals, user experience, ethics.

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