Methodology For The Co-Design Of Persistent Virtual Worlds (Metaverse) For Technology And...

Universities and Institutes of France
September 30, 2022
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  • Organisation/Company: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers
  • Research Field: Computer science › Digital systems Engineering
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1) Recognised Researcher (R2) Established Researcher (R3) Leading Researcher (R4)
  • Application Deadline: 30/09/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › Paris
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Offer Starting Date: 03/10/2022
  • Goals :

    The aim of the thesis is to formalize a prescriptive method for designing persistent virtual worlds (metavers) for training. This method will allow companies and training organizations to specify and then create (or outsource, if necessary) persistent virtual worlds (metavers) dedicated to training.

    These persistent virtual worlds (metavers) will meet the needs and constraints of their final users (instructors and students). They will allow the preparation and implementation of pedagogical sequences according to several modalities (face-to-face, remotely or in comodal course) according to synchronous and asynchronous phases.

    This research work will address aspects:

    - Pedagogical: (in connection with WP1 of the JENII project) methods, evaluation, supports, co-modality, interactivity, personalization of teaching, etc.

    - Technological: (in connection with WP2 of the JENII project) tools, hardware, software, back office, robustness, interfaces, persistence, hosting, avatars, ...

    - Ergonomics: (in connection with WP3 of the JENII project) usability, integration, inclusiveness, accessibility, user experience, navigation, interactions, embodiment, agency...

    Research hypotheses (to be refined as part of the research work):

    • An iterative and agile user-centered co-design method promotes the creation of persistent virtual worlds for training;

    • The specification and then the measurement of the user experience during the design facilitates the decision-making of the designers of persistent virtual worlds;

    • It is possible to equip the co-design method to help its end users to innovate in terms of pedagogical approaches (promote the emergence of innovative pedagogical practices during the design of the persistent virtual world).

    Organization of research work:

    The Ph.D student will be integrated into the LCPI team on the Arts et Métiers Paris campus and within the Arts et Métiers Institute of Laval located at the Laval Virtual Center.

    As part of the project, he will participate in the co-design of the Virtual Training Campus focused on the use of Digital Twins in conjunction with the engineers in charge of IT developments.

    The thesis work will be structured around the following steps:

  • Implementation of a study of existing solutions and production of a state of the art ;
  • First experimentation around the use of a Persistent Virtual World in pedagogy and analysis of the results with a view to a first publication ;
  • Formalization of a first version of the Persistent Virtual Worlds co- design method promoting educational innovation ;
  • Application of the method to the co-design of the Virtual Training Campus based on the use of Digital Twins within the framework of the JENII project;
  • Second experiment around the use of the first version of the Virtual Campus JENII and analysis of the results for a second publication (in partnership with the Ph.D student “WP3 JENII” who works on the acceptability and efficiency of Digital Twins as part of the JENII project);
  • Formalization of version 2 of the Persistent Virtual Worlds co-design method promoting educational innovation;
  • Writing of the thesis dissertation and defense.
  • Funding category: Financement public/privé

    Thesis part of the JENII project (Immersive and interactive digital twins for education) winner of the call for expressions of interest (AMI) "Digital Demonstrators in Higher Education" (DemoES) launched as part of the PIA4 (Future Investment Program 4)

    PHD title: Ergonomie

    PHD Country: France

    Offer Requirements Specific Requirements

    Candidate's profile:

    Applicants must hold an engineer or master's degree, (Bac+5 level).

    Skills and/or experience appreciated in computer science, Virtual-Augmented- Mixed Reality and in design/development of 3D applications

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers
  • Organisation Type: Public Research Institution
  • Website: https: // artsetmetiers.fr/fr
  • Country: France
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