Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle - Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle – Immersive Technologies for Industry 5.0

This is a doctoral cotutelle project in Industry 5.0 between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK).

Deakin Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision

Deakin School


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (Australia) and

Coventry University (UK)

Research topic

Digital manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are areas of increasing interest to industry and the research sectors, and this PhD project will explore the role of cutting-edge immersive technologies, i.e., Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), for future manufacturing.

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK). As such, the candidate will receive research training and supervision from both Universities as well as access to facilities and laboratories in both locations.

There’s an urgent need to explore the role of immersive technologies in the context of future digital engineers which will benefit from solutions based on dynamic mixed reality (XR) visualisation appropriately guided by AI methods to carry out repair works with increased efficiency. The research seeks to develop a novel approach that can identify elements of a task; observe and understand the current states; and intervene with corrective guidance, and help closing the loop between the operators’ actions and the guided steps. Moreover, the new approach will be crucial to achieve systems’ integration between an engineering system (PLM, MES, QMS, CAD, etc.) with the XR overlay and data processing tools.

The project will aim to contribute to the following research questions:

  1. How to develop XR solutions to assist the digital engineers of the future in carrying out complex maintenance tasks (e.g., inspection, servicing, installation, modification, etc.), improving efficiency and providing adaptive and consistent results?
  2. How to integrate XR solutions engineering systems for real-time communications and updates.

The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Deakin University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and Coventry University. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamurs, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The program is for a duration of 3.5 years.

The PhD Student is anticipated to spend at least 12 months of the total period of the program at Coventry University, with the remainder of the program based at Deakin University.

Project aim

The role of immersive technologies in improving the efficiency of future repair engineers towards Industry 5.0.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is supported by Deakin University, is available over 3 years and includes:

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.
  • Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years.
  • Funding to support travel of PhD Student between Deakin University and Coventry University.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry university, including English language proficiency requirements
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page and Coventry’s research entry criteria page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should firstly contact A/Prof Ben Horan to discuss the project. After discussing your application with the Deakin Supervisor, you will be required to submit an Expression of interest directly with the relevant Faculty.


If successful, you will be invited by Deakin University to lodge a formal HDR application.
The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the 'Making an Application' page.  Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact A/Prof Ben Horan

A/Prof Ben Horan
Email A/Prof Ben Horan
+61 3 5227 2907