23 August 2011

EPSRC PhD Studentship to investigate real-time ray tracing methods

Applications are invited for a three year EPSRC PhD Studentship at The University of Sheffield, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, to investigate ray tracing methods using a highly parallel computer architecture under the supervision of Professor Dave Allerton and Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan.

Start date: 26th September 2011

Project Description

A studentship is offered to investigate ray tracing methods using a highly parallel computer architecture. The Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Cambridge and Southampton are collaborating on the development of a machine with one million cores, where communication between cores is achieved by fast packet broadcasts, enabling data to be shared efficiently. One application of this approach is to render real-time 3D scenes where each core is responsible for the colour computation of a few pixels, including calculation of reflections and atmospheric attenuation. The PhD project involves the development of algorithms to exploit the parallel architecture and connectivity to enable very detailed scenes to be rendered in real-time. Applications include image generation for flight simulation and the project is supported the Thales Training and Simulation.

Eligibility and Further Details

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

NOTE: For exceptional EU and International candidates there may be opportunities arising for such individuals to be eligible for a full maintenance award.

The studentship will cover the tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of £13,590.

Students should have a background in computer science or electronic engineering (or an equivalent engineering degree) and ideally have experience of modern programming languages, real-time computing or computer graphics.

Enquiries and Applications

Applicants are invited to contact Professor David Allerton (d.j.allerton@sheffield.ac.uk) at the University of Sheffield to discuss the research project informally.

To apply please send a CV, relevant publications, the names of two referees and a covering letter explaining your current interests and relevant background to Debbie Proctor, via email at d.proctor@shef.ac.uk, or alternatively to the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD

Closing date for applications: 9th September 2011