Director of Studies: Professor Carinna Parraman
Other members of the proposed supervisory team: Dr Peter Walters
Professional partner: Renishaw and Mitsubishi
  
Project details:
 
The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of West of England Bristol invites applications for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to undertake research into flexible computer aided design (CAD) interfaces, and investigate why such systems are not easily accessible to the needs of creative practitioners.
 
This project addresses the interface between the users and digital fabrication and robotic technologies, to more closely match the needs of the creative user. There is a plethora of available CAD software, but its history and development is based upon 1980’s CAD algorithms and is conceived in terms of geometric primitives and operations which are a long way from a creative design language. There is an imperative to redefine the problem from a creative perspective as a basis for more friendly systems.
 
This studentship will undertake an evaluation of current and developing technologies, potential applications and practical workflows from a practitioner perspective and address the gap between traditional creative analogue skills and required knowledge of the digital. One of the expected outcomes would be to equip creative practitioners who are exploring new technologies with the tools to achieve this.
 
The Centre for Fine Print Research has a strong track record of successful PhD completions and our doctoral programme provides a thriving intellectual community, with students from around the world researching into aspects of multi-disciplinary print. We expect research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre including taking part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017.
 
The Centre for Fine Print Research has extensive digital fabrication equipment including a 6 axis robotic arm. Knowledge and experience of relevant technologies and software will be an advantage. The PhD candidate will be given freedom to develop his/her own dissertation topic within the wider remit of this project.
 
Applicants will be expected to attend an interview and demonstrate:
 
• imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
• an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
• clear motivation for undertaking PhD study in Bristol in this subject area
• evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research
 
For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Peter2.Walters@uwe.ac.uk