HDR Scholarship - Playful Conversational Story Design

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'HDR Scholarship - Playful Conversational Story Design'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor / Groups


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Conversational AI platforms such as the widely accessible smart speakers (Google Home, Alexa etc.) provide novel opportunities to develop a range of playful user experiences. Artificial Intelligence is often mentioned as one of the disruptive technologies of the next decade along with Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and there are many applications to date. However, despite the high interest in the technology there are many unanswered questions relating to the design of compelling user experiences.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant multi-disciplinary team of active researchers in Deakin’s new research facility for Creative User-based Experiences (CUBE). CUBE provides researchers with access to most recent Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, sensor-based tracking equipment and facilitates investigation into the creative use of the technology to enable humans in a world changed by technology. CUBE is the home of Deakin’s Creative Applications Network and regularly houses Creative Technology related workshops and symposia.

Project aim

This PhD project aims to investigate the development of creative user experiences using conversational interfaces in combination with other emerging technology such as sensors and indoor positioning systems to facilitate engaging, natural and playful story experiences. The successful candidate will utilise a research through design approach to progress knowledge through the systematic research and development of a series of prototypes/creative works followed by subsequent user testing.

The ideal candidate has a story telling / game design background and some experience in digital media design.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 4 February 2019


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page.

Candidates interested in this research topic should contact Professor Stefan Greuter to arrange a meeting. Applicants only need to supply two referees and a CV. A research proposal is not required.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Prof Stefan Greuter
Professor of Screen and Design
Email Stefan Greuter
+61 431988400


Email Jordan Beth Vincent