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Welcome to D-REAL


Applications are now open and you can select your top three preferred topics.

The deadline for the first call is the 17th May 2019.

Multimodal digital media, across video, text, image, speech and Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) content, are rapidly reshaping our working and living environments. Seamlessly blending digital media and interaction within the physical world offers disruptive potential to enhance our effectiveness, efficiency and quality of engagement in everyday life.

What is D-REAL?

The SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (D-REAL) is an innovative, industry partnered, research training programme that equips PhD students with deep ICT knowledge and skills across Digital Platform Technology, Content and Media Technology and their application in Industry sectors. D-REAL postgraduate students will make research breakthroughs in areas such as multimodal interaction, multimodal digital assistants, multilingual speech processing, real-time multilingual translation and interaction, machine intelligence for video analytics and multimodal personalisation and agency.

Whether via multimodal devices such as smart phones, embedded displays and IoT, or virtual assistants and VR/AR experiences, media technology is revolutionising the way we interact, collaborate and behave. D-REAL PhD students will develop skills for next generation human-centric media technology, including:

  • machine intelligence-based sensing and understanding of digital content and information,
  • its transformation and personalisation
  • its multimodal interaction and delivery via speech, text, video, image and VR/AR, and
  • its impactful application in multiple industry and societal settings.

When will it begin?

We are accepting applications for fully funded 4-year PhD scholarships starting in September 2019 very soon. There will be three subsequent intakes of students in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

How many PhD students will there be?

D-REAL will have four intakes of at least thirty PhD students, so 120+ students will be trained as world class researchers through the SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (D-REAL).

What Universities are involved?

  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD; D-REAL Coordinator)
  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
  • Technological University Dublin (TU-Dublin, formally DIT)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)

D-REAL is supported by the ADAPT SFI Research Centre. Details of the D-REAL Leadership Team is available here.

Where can I find out more about the Training Programme?

More information about the Training Programme is available here.



Posted by:  Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistis, Trinity College Dublin