The PhD stipend is affiliated with the research project Virtual Dressing Room funded by the Danish Advanced Technology Foundation. The stipend is in the area of interaction design and human-computer interaction. The vision of the project is to develop a virtual dressing room, where customers can try on clothes from home using a computer or TV screen, before ordering clothes from a web shop. At present, the problem for several web shops is that a great deal of the ordered clothes is sent back to the web shop; a procedure that is expensive for the shops and not optimal for the consumers. It is envisioned that virtual try on possibilities before buying clothes will gain both the industry and the consumers. The Virtual Dressing Room project will address this problem by enabling a customer to visualize selected virtual clothing (i.e. digital representation) as worn attire on a mirrored image of the self. In addition to having the opportunity to try on clothes from home, the project will include possibilities to develop technologies to be used for virtual dressing rooms in shops.
The PhD stipend is allocated to an individual who holds a Masters degree with strong skills in participatory design theories and methods in combination with creative, technical and analytical skills. A keen interest in cross-disciplinary work, teamwork, and collaborations is required. Additionally, an understanding of the challenges innate to programming virtual reality environments and real-time mapping of human body data to virtual clothing is a preference.