Heriot-Watt University is seeking applicants for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) scholarships or James Watt Scholarships on ICT-Robotic Interactive Technology for Healthy Ageing and Assisted Living

Requirements

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class Honours degree or Masters Degree in Computer Science by Autumn 2018. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype).

Scholarships

Heriot-Watt University has available Doctoral Training Partnerships and James Watt Scholarships in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences for 2018. The James Watt scholarships will provide full fees and stipend for 3 years from Autumn 2018, whilst the DTPs provide full fees and stipend for 3.5 years. DTP’s are only open to UK/EU applicants. For James Watt Scholarship students, the annual stipend will be £15k and full fees will be paid, for 3 years, whilst for DTP Scholarship students, the annual stipend will be £14,296 and full fees will be paid, for 3.5 years.

PhD ICT-Robotic Interactive Technology for Healthy Ageing and Assisted Living

These PhD projects will contribute to the development of innovative, engaging, sustainable, affordable and scalable ICT-Robotic solutions to address the national priority of caring for frail elderly people and the urgent problem caused by the predicted steeply rising costs and strains of healthcare provision and services. The work will involve establishing realistic requirements through data gathering and interpretation activities to ensure that the technology is designed to deliver maximum impact by making the right transformation in relation to existing care models/processes. To this end, the research will avail of a new state-of-the-art laboratory situated in the Heriot-Watt campus in Edinburgh. The laboratory provides a ‘Living Lab’ home environment where roboticists and computer scientists, and also health experts, psychologists, and sociologists, can work alongside people with assisted living needs and those supporting them, to co-design and test innovative solutions for healthy ageing and assisted living. The student will be supervised Lynne Baillie of the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) and Mauro Dragone of the Institute of Sensors, Signals, and Systems (ISSS) based at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) at Heriot-Watt University. Heriot-Watt University is recognised as one of the leading UK research institutes in general engineering as per the Research Excellence Framework (REF) results of 2014 (ranked 1st). The Human Robotic Interaction (HRI) research group in CS is one of the leading research groups in the UK in this area. ISSS and MACS are part of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. The Centre harnesses the potential of 30 world leading investigators from 12 cross disciplinary research groups and Institutes across Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The research and training focus is on the broad classes of physical and cognitive interactions between robots, people, environments and autonomous systems.

Applying (Application Deadline: 15th December 2017)

To apply for a studentship, candidates should send an inquiry email to Lynne Baillie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mauro Dragone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or if they wish to find out more about the position and discuss project ideas before applying.