Vacancies and studentships
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Current vacancies and studentships
PhD Scholarship in Predictive Algorithms for Telehealth Service
Improvement and Evaluation
An interdisciplinary research project between the Health
Technology, Innovation and Intervention research group (Faculty of
Health and Social Care) and Intelligent Systems group (Computer
Science - Faculty of Engineering and Science) at the University of
Hull in collaboration with Philips Research UK (Cambridge).
The University is currently offering a PhD scholarship, jointly
funded by the EPSRC and Philips Research, on development of
algorithms to support telehealth services. The studentship would
last 3.5 years and the recipient would receive a stipend of up to
£17,776 per annum.
This is an inter-disciplinary project between the Faculty of
Health & Social Care and the Faculty of Engineering and
Science, working in close collaboration with Philips (based in
Cambridge), and would focus on the development of predictive
algorithms to improve the efficacy of telehealth service delivery
and evaluation in chronic disease management. Telehealth (or remote
patient monitoring) is being introduced as a solution to meet the
growing health management needs of patients with chronic disease.
Such services are being deployed at increasing scale but the tools
to evaluate their efficacy and cost-effectiveness in a timely
manner are limited. This project will use clinical data sources
related to heart failure and telehealth to explore the limitations
of reporting clinical outcomes using conventional
time-to-first-event methods. The project will include the
identification, and/or development and comparison of novel
end-point definitions (e.g. the win-ratio and patient journey),
repeat event models (e.g. Poisson and longitudinal logistic
regression) and cost-effectiveness analytical methods.
Applicants should have a 1st class or 2(i) degree in
(bio)medical informatics, computer science, or a related subject,
and should also have strong mathematical and programming skills. A
keen interest in clinical predictive modelling, clinical
epidemiology, biostatistics, and health economics would also be
For further details on this opportunity, and to apply,
please visit the full
EPSRC Industrial CASE Studentship advertisement on the
Graduate School's website. The closing date
for applications is 30th April 2014 but may close earlier at
the University’s discretion.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Kevin M Goode
Dr Chandra Khambampati (C.Kambhampati@hull.ac.uk)
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 studentship will start in September 2014. This full-time PhD
Scholarship will include fees at the ‘UK/EU' student rate and
maintenance (£13,8636 in 2014/15) for three years, depending on
satisfactory progress. For full information on the PhD project, see
For details of how to apply please, visit:
Closing date for applications is 2nd June
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