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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

Fully funded 4 year interdisciplinary PhD in human-robot interaction

Application deadline: 25th April 2022 (international applicants); 9th May 2022 (home applicants)

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to undertake an interdisciplinary PhD studentship in human-robot interaction commencing September 2022. You should have a background in Computer Science, Human Factors, Engineering, Psychology or similar, with an excellent first degree and an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and robotics. You must have some experience with programming and a strong interest in conducting user studies.

We offer an enhanced annual stipend which will be £18,069 for 2022 entry. A very limited number of international studentships are available for 2022 entry.

Avaliable themes

  • Long-term autonomy and behavioural robustness in domestic service robots
  • Improving robotic teleoperation through human-robot interaction and robotic autonomy.
  • The use of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Live Creative Installations

For full details see Current Opportunities section of the Horizon CDT website.

About the Horizon CDT

Our EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data is establishing technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, re-establishing trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use.

The Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities from the University of Nottingham; plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third sector and international partners.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

Our innovative four year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, a placement with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Director Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Deputy Director Dr Nicholas Watson, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods, creative industries, high value products, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect every student to be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

You will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • An enhanced stipend £18.069 per annum (for 2022/23).
  • An external/industry partner to help embed your research in the real world.
  • Placement with a partner organisation and opportunities for international exchange.
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world class research environment with a track record of 75+ Horizon CDT graduates to date.
  • Developing highly sought after interdisciplinary skills and experience.

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