Study level

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Honours


Faculty of Science

School of Computer Science

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Associate Professor Ross Brown
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science
Dr David Conroy
Senior Research Assistant
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science
Dr Selen Turkay
Senior Lecturer in Computer Human Interaction
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science


Avatar representation is found to be crucial for user engagement in various types of applications and user identifications with avatars.

This project aims to design and develop an environment where users can customize their avatars by looking at a virtual mirror. In this project, where users will be trained in diversity awareness, it is crucial for them to feel like the character who is in the scenario. The outcome of the project will be used in experiments to test the effectiveness of customisation and hand interface on the virtual body illusion.

This project is a collaboration with Equal Reality, a company that designs and develops scenarios for diversity training.

Research activities

During this research project, you can expect to be involved in:

  • literature review
  • developing a prototype
  • iterative testing.


Upon completing the research, we expect to have:

  • a literature overview
  • a prototype virtual reality environment
  • preliminary usability testing of the environment.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project, you should have expertise in Unity development and game design.


Contact Dr Selen Turkay for more information.