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The University has invested in a significant and substantial
expansion and aims to recruit over 50 new academic posts this
PhD Scholarship in Semantic Internet of Things (IoT) for
Pervasive Environment Assisted Robotics Intelligence Control
Principal supervisors: Dr Yongqiang Cheng and Professor Ping
The number of devices connected to the Internet
is predicted to be 25 billion by 2015 and double this figure by
2020. The addressing, discovery of devices and information
representation and sharing technologies are the fundamental
requirements to support interoperability among the devices. The
ontologies, semantic annotation etc. developed in Semantic Web have
provided a promising solution for the IoT interconnections.
The pervasive environment assisted robotics
intelligence control achieved via distributed sensing and
processing has demonstrated advantages in terms of well posed
information observation, simplified task planning, less on-board
intelligence requirement and scalable computing resource in
environment supporting ageing society for improved mobility and
manipulability in their living environment.
A hierarchical architecture is often used to
coordinate activities for autonomous control where three main
functions SENSE, PLAN and ACT need to be designed and
implemented accordingly. For example, to achieve an autonomous
system helping elderly people on a wheelchair approaching and
fetching an object, the traditional way is to carry out the
functions by on-board controllers. This research will investigate
proactive contribution of the object to the task by speaking a
language understandable by the environment and mobile robot.
Semantic communications will play a key role in the overall
feedback control for SENSE, PLAN and ACT.
Being equipped with knowledge acquisition and understanding
semantics and ontologies, only a minimum level prior knowledge is
required by the robot. The environment will adapt to new objects
and “Things” by asking and learning.
The project will investigate the contribution of
Semantic IoT techniques to the overall pervasive intelligence
control and identify the areas which can be conducted using
semantics. Specifically, the following approaches will be
1) Profiling. This includes the profiling of
objects, tasks and behaviours.
2) Information fusion. Information exchange
protocols between human, environment and robots.
3) Robotics control methodologies. Machine
learning, context-aware intelligent control, robot behaviour
The start date is flexible and can range from
September 2014 - February 2015. This full-time PhD Scholarship will
include fees at the ‘UK/EU' student rate and maintenance (£13,863
in 2014/15) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.
For full information on the PhD project, see here.
For details of how to apply please, visit:
Closing date for applications is 31st August