Two PhD RA positions available in Fall 2019-in the area of Virtual Reality for Human-Robot Collaboration


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Two (2) PhD research assistant positions are available at the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment (Civil Engineering), University of Florida, to work on a funded research project to investigate the use of Virtual Reality (VR) for Human-Robot Collaboration training and analysis. The expected start date is August 15, 2019. The student’s advisor will be Dr. Eric Jing Du. The work will be interdisciplinary by nature, spanning over Virtual Reality, cognitive science, robotics and automation, and civil engineering.


B.S. in Industrial and System Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or related fields. Other general admission requirements (TOEFL, GRE, GPA, etc.) please refer to:


Interests and experiences related to two or more of the following academic areas:

1) Virtual Reality (Unity game engine);

2) Cognitive Science (neuroimaging);

3) Robotics and Automation;

4) Computing (programming, AI);

5) Emergency Response support;

6) Disaster and risk communication.


Competitive stipend, full tuition waiver, and healthcare. Room & board expenses will be covered for research travels (conferences, data collections).


To work on an NSF-funded project to study Human-Robot Collaboration in Emergency Response. Specific responsibilities include:

  • To work with other PhD students on VR model developments (Unity development; C# preferred);
  • To lead a user requirement study about the automation technology needs in emergency response;
  • To assist the neuroimaging analysis (EEG and fNIRS);
  • To lead and participate in disseminating the results via publications.


Please send your CV and a short research statement directly to Dr. Eric Jing Du at


Eric Jing Du, Ph.D.

Director, Integrated Computing and Intelligent Construction (ICIC) Lab

Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
University of Florida