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:
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: FranceOffer Requirements Specific Requirements
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 applicationsContact Information