PhD Studentship - ChatGPT based AI game engine development

Since its public release in November last year, ChatGPT has been rapidly integrated into various software tools and services. For instance, Microsoft introduced a new version of its Bing search engine that included a ChatGPT-4-powered chatbot. Google also unveiled Bard, its own ChatGPT rival, as a significant step in the company's efforts to regain lost ground in the race to deploy AI. Microsoft is also incorporating its own ChatGPT technology, known as Copilot, into its MS 365 suite of business software. Furthermore, there are innovative applications like Midjourney, an app that leverages cutting-edge ChatGPT technology to generate stunning images with just a few simple prompts, revolutionizing the way we think about image generation and making it more accessible for everyone. 

The latest AI technologies, such as LaMDA from Google, Copilot from Microsoft, and ChatGPT from OpenAI, are creating entirely new ways to engage with information, spanning language, images, video, and audio. Industry developers are actively working to integrate these advancements into their products and services. For example, Google sees exciting opportunities in how AI can deepen our understanding of information and transform it into useful knowledge more efficiently, making it easier for people to find what they're looking for and accomplish tasks. AI can provide valuable insights for questions without a single correct answer. Soon, AI-powered features in Google Search will distill complex information and present multiple perspectives in easily understandable formats, helping people grasp the big picture and learn more from the web, such as seeking out additional perspectives from blogs of people who play both piano and guitar, or diving deeper into related topics, like steps to get started as a beginner. 

This PhD project focuses on game engine development such as unreal engine and unity, and aims to integrate ChatGPT technology with game engine so that anyone will be able to freely develop their individual games through ChatGPT based AI game engine. This will be the form of next generation of game engine. The project will work on the generative language models’ APIs, e.g. initially powered by LaMDA with a range of models to follow. Then, it is possible to use a suite of tools and APIs that are released for users to build more innovative applications with AI models. 

The ideal applicant for this project should have programming experience in unreal engine or unity. Moreover, this project will be based in industry partner company (Canada). The ideal applicant should be able to stay in Canada and work on MS Teams or Zoom. He/She could come back to UK as needed. 

This is a fully-funded PhD studentship which includes a stipend of £18,622 each year to support your living costs. 

Key information

Next start date:

22 January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


36 months

Entry requirements:

Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA), or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent). For more information check out our full entry requirements