PhD research study – using handheld augmented reality in public space

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students wanted to participate in PhD research study.

EDA student Mayank Loonker is looking for students to participate in her PhD research study. The study aims to understand the effects and experience of using handheld augmented reality in public space. The findings of this research will be used to inform the design of better augmented reality systems for exploring and learning in public spaces.

The study includes two data collection sessions. The 1st session will take place in Canterbury High Street. As part of the study, you will take a 15-20 minute tour of high street using the augmented reality system on your own. The walk will be video recorded. This will be followed by a 30-45 minute interview to discuss your experience of the tour. 1 week after the 1st session, the 2nd session will take place on campus for 15-20 minute. This will consist of a small writing activity and a short interview.

Your participation is very valuable to our research, so you will receive a £15 Amazon gift voucher to thank you for your time upon completion of both sessions.

If you are interested in participating:
* You must be 18 -35 years of age.
* Kindly book for the 1st session via this doodle poll:
On the doodle link you will find 2 slots everyday :
1st starting at 6:30pm which is using mobile augmented reality ( displayed on mobile screen)
2nd starting at 9:15pm which is using mobile projected augmented reality (displayed using pico projector)
Please select a slot according to your convenience.
* Kindly note that you will be invited for a shorter 2nd session at the university after 1 week.

What’s in it for me?
We hope you will find the research interesting and learn about the cultural heritage of Canterbury. Also, you will receive a £15 Amazon voucher after completing the 2 sessions.

For further information please read the ‘Participant Information Sheet’ below. If you have, further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Mayank at

Once you book a slot for the 1st session, I will be in touch to coordinate the 1st meeting.

Mayank Loonker
Post Graduate Researcher (PhD – Digital Arts)
EDA, University of Kent


Project Title: Comparative study on the effects of mobile and mobile projected augmented reality on walking, engagement and memory in public spaces.

We invite you to take part in this PhD research. Please take the time to read the following information and ask any question you may have. If you feel comfortable to participate after reading this information, you will be requested to give your consent by filling a consent form.

What is the purpose of this study?
This study intends to understand and compare the effects of mobile projected augmented reality and mobile screen based augmented reality in public spaces. We will study your usage and interaction with the device in public space. We will also study its effect on your memory.

What will I do and how long will it take?
The study comprises of 2 sessions: 1) an outdoor walking activity with a mobile device immediately followed by a semi structured interview to learn about your experience of walking with the device; and 2) a small writing activity and and a short interview, 7 days after the walk.

Just before beginning the activity you will be invited to fill in a questionnaire which will take approx. 5 minutes. You will be given handheld device. You will be introduced to the app and the task, and asked to walk a predefined outdoor public space. The walking activity will last approx. 15 minutes. This activity will be video recorded for data collection. You would also be asked to describe anything that you may find significant about walking with the device or about using the device or app during the walk. It will be recorded on the handheld device. App usage time will be recorded on mobile-phone.

The walking activity will be immediately followed by a semi-structured interview, which will last approx. 45 minutes and will take place indoors in a public café. You will be asked to reflect on your experience of using the device while walking in public space by answering some questions and drawing diagrams. The interview will be audio recorded for data collection.

The second or last session will take place 7 days after the walking activity. We will ask you to write some points based on what you viewed during walking. This will be followed by a small audio recorded interview. The second session will take approx. 20 minutes.

We will require your contact details (e.g. name, email, phone) to coordinate and schedule the sessions. You will be provided with a timeslot and valid travel ticket to the location if required.
Emergency contact information will be collected prior to walking activity for use in the event of an adverse incident. It will immediately destroyed after the activity.

How will particpants be selected?
Participants should be comfortable while walking, between age of 18 and 35 years and have the ability to communicate in English.

What happens after the data Collection?
The data will be analysed. The research findings, non-anonymised still images from video footage and anonymised quotes will be published in the doctoral thesis, journals, conferences, publications, reports, website, and video channel etc. Your identifiable face information will only be used when you give us explicit consent to do so.
We also plan to release the data via an open access academic repository. The published data may contain spreadsheets of pseudo identifiers with basic demographic information such as age and gender, transcripts of interviews, raw video data of the walk and app usage-time data.

How will this research be used?
The findings will help in creating guidelines to design better mobile user experience using handheld projectors for interactions in public spaces.

Are there any risks involved?
There are no significant risks involved in this study. However, participant will need to be careful of uneven pavement, bollards, incoming pedestrians, mobility scooters, wheelchair users, etc.

What’s in it for me?
We hope you will find the research interesting and learn about the cultural heritage of Canterbury. Also, you will receive a £15 Amazon voucher after completing the 2 sessions.

Will my participation be confidential?
Your data will be collected and stored for only the purposes of this research project. We will maintain confidentiality by restricting access to the data and your personal information. Copies of any publication will be available to you upon request, via the contact point noted below.
Yes, your data (questionnaire & interview responses) will be anonymised (via an ID). No identifiable personal information will be disclosed but due to the nature of the video data, the volunteer’s face may be identifiable in the recorded videos. All data will be stored in a password protected university server.
You will have the option to consent at three levels: (1) to provide your data, (2) to allow use of your face images in academic presentations or publications, and (3) to allow inclusion of your images in any database that may be released for academic research purposes in the future.
Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679
The Faculty of Sciences Research Ethics Advisory Group at the University of Kent has approved this study (0401819).

What happens if I want to withdraw?
Your participation is completely voluntary. You may withdraw your consent to use the collected data up to 1 months after the data collection. There is no penalty for so doing.

Where can I get more information?
If you have any questions about the research or the data collection process, please speak to the researcher at the time of the data collection or contact via the details provided below.
PhD researcher: Mayank Loonker
Address: Room 1.46, Jennison Building, School of Engineering & Digital Arts, University of Kent, CT2 7NT, Canterbury.
Email: Phone: +44 7923853783 PhD Supervisor: Dr. Rocio von Jungenfeld