As part of the European Commission's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme for Doctoral degrees, the Centre for Digital Entertainment at the University of Bath supports 10 Fellows with Industrial Research Enhancement (FIRE).

The FIRE programme is an integrated 4-year Doctoral Training programme, bringing together two national Centres for Doctoral Training: the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) and the Centre for Digital Entertainment CDE). The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) FIRE programme is delivering autonomous, creative, highly-skilled scientists and engineers fully ready for careers in international industries, and a model for intersectoral, interdisciplinary doctoral training in an international environment. Industrial partners ensure that research carried out is relevant and enhances the employability of graduates, both in Europe and globally.

Our Fellows receive training in scientific, societal and business aspects of digital entertainment and conduct challenging PhD research. All projects are interdisciplinary and supported by industrial or international partners.

The positions are based at the University of Bath and require some continuing involvement with an appropriate company.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665992.

Our current MSCA FIRE Fellows are

Fire Fellow Research Project Outline

Tobias Bertel


Light field synthesis from existing imagery Image-based rendering of real environments for virtual reality with Dr Christian Richardt, Dr Neill Campbell and Professor Darren Cosker; Industrial partner: Technical University of Brunswick.

Thu Nguyen Phuoc 


Interactive Fabrication-aware Architectural Modelling Neural rendering and inverse rendering using physical inductive biases with Dr Yongliang Yang and Professor Eamonn O’Neill. Industrial Partner: Lambda Labs.


Yassir Saquil

Machine learning for semantic-level data generation and exploration Machine learning for semantic-level data generation and exploration with Dr Yongliang Yang and Professor Peter Hall.

Soumya C Barathi

Interactive Feedforward in High Intensity VR Exergaming

Adaptive Exergaming with Dr Christof Lutteroth and Professor Eamonn O’ Neill; Industrial Partner: eLearning Studios.

Project completed and fellow graduated.


Youssef Alami Mejjati


Multitask Learning for Heterogeneous data Creative editing and synthesis of objects in photographs using generative adversarial networks with Professor Darren Cosker and Dr Wenbin Li.

Jan Malte Lichtenberg


Bounded rationality in machine learning Bounded rationality in machine learning with Professor Özgür Şimşek; Industrial Partner: Max Planck Institute.

Maryam Naghizadeh 

A New Method for Human/Animal Retargeting using Machine Learning Multi-Character Motion Retargeting for Large Scale Changes with Professor Darren Cosker and Dr Neill Campbell.

Andrew Lawrence 

Learning 3D Models of Deformable/Non-Rigid Bodies Using Bayesian Non-Parametrics to Learn Multivariate Dependency Structures with Dr Neill Campbell and Professor Darren Cosker.

Tayfun Esenkaya 

Spatially Enhancing Sensory Substitution Devices and Virtual Reality Experiences

One Is All, All Is One: Cross-Modal Displays for Inclusive Design and Technology with Dr Michael Proulx and Professor Eamonn O’Neill; Industrial Partner: Atkins.

Project completed and fellow graduated.

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