Immersive Visualisation with Point Cloud

Factors affecting visualisation of high-density point cloud data

Degree type


Closing date

1 February 2024



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

The rapidly increasing density and accuracy of 3D point cloud data make it timely to investigate the potential use of immersive Virtual Reality (VR) applications. VR offers the potential for users to transfer their acquired skills into a 3D immersive environment constructed from point cloud data. For example, forest inventory field operators have been using VR to perform inventory assessment tasks with high-resolution LiDAR point cloud data acquired from the forest (Chinthammit, 2019 and 2022). Operators successfully used their existing skills to perform tasks in a point cloud environment: however, the performances of the tasks in VR were inferior to the standard expected of the fieldwork.

The findings prompt the importance of understanding the factors affecting the user's performance in the immersive point cloud environment. This research will investigate fundamental visualisation elements in depth perception, distance estimation and structure estimation of structural point cloud data in a VR 3D immersive environment. The study will provide guidelines on how the point cloud data should be rendered in a VR environment.

(FWPA Industry Report) Chinthammit, W., Osborn, J., Widjojo, E., Kang, B., Stone, C., Herries, D., ... & Thomas, B. (2019). Enhanced forest inventory practice using immersive visualisation and measurement of dense point cloud data.
(FWPA Industry Report) Chinthammit, W., Bryson, M., Stone, C., Cao, Zehong, Kang, B. (2022). Operational immersive visualisation and measurement of dense point cloud data in forest inventory (in-press)

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Winyu Chinthammit


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $32,192 per annum (2024 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

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Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Candidates must have experience with the design and development of VR applications.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Published in HCI or VR publication such as CHI, TVCG, IEEE VR.

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Winyu Chinthammit to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 1 February 2024.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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