IMT Atlantique, internationally recognised for the quality of its research, is a leading general engineering school under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry and Digital Technology, ranked in the three main international rankings (THE, SHANGHAI, QS).
Located on three campuses, Brest, Nantes and Rennes, IMT Atlantique aims to combine digital technology and energy to transform society and industry through training, research and innovation. It aims to be the leading French higher education and research institution in this field on an international scale. With 290 researchers and permanent lecturers, 1000 publications and 18 M€ of contracts, it supervises 2300 students each year and its training courses are based on cutting-edge research carried out within 6 joint research units: GEPEA, IRISA, LATIM, LABSTICC, LS2N and SUBATECH.
The position is offered in the Computer Science Department and more specifically in its INUIT Research Team (30 members). INUIT focuses focuses on immersive technological solutions and their evaluation to improve their naturalness and focuses on proposing or improving these interaction devices. To improve this naturalness, the scientific themes are the study of immersion, research on tangible or gestural interfaces, multimodality (visual, haptic, sound).
The project will be held in cooperation with the Rennes Hospital (CHU Rennes) and Centrale Nantes. The ARIADE project is dedicated to developing and assessing Augmented Reality tools for helping spatial navigation for elderly people suffering from mild dementia such as Alzheimer disease. The rationale for this is that spatial disorientation is an important consequence of such dementia and accounts for a loss of autonomy and anxiety, thus being an important cause for precocious hospitalization of patients. Traditional visual helps such as geolocalized maps on smartphones are not efficient. Augmented Reality is a rapidly expanding field, but is not yet applied to the field of Neurodegenerative Diseases. Our objective is to adapt an innovative Augmented Reality tool in an outdoor environment in order to reduce activities’ limitations in this population, and to verify its safety and its tolerability. Adaptation of an Augmented Reality system in an outdoor environment will be the core of the postdoctoral work in this project.
Last year, we have designed and realized a first set of visual aids in Augmented Reality which has been evaluated in a first clinical trial with Alzheimer patients in an indoor semi-ecological environment. Switching to a more ecological environment requires to go outdoors and to solve the challenge of accurate and precise AR tracking in outdoor environments. A number of partial solutions have been built but no off-the-shelf integrated solution exists. The work will consist of reviewing existing solutions and designing and improving a combination of such solution which is relevant with regard to the needs of outdoor tracking for pedestrian navigation. This solution will be evaluated and the consequences of its limitation on visual help display mitigated.
Applicants should hold a PhD in Computer Science (augmented reality, computer vision…)