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AI for Social Cohesion and Long-Term UK Productivity (SAM03)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project detail

Two major challenges facing the UK are an ageing population and low industrial productivity. To address these simultaneously, this project asks the question: How can AI support continued participation of retired engineers (or other professionals) in projects to improve productivity and support the long-term expertise of organisations?

Technical organisations recognise that the expertise of their employees is their main asset and that finding, recreating or buying this when employees retire is expensive and usually sub-optimal.

The passion of engineers for their discipline often continues well beyond retirement, but their abilities to contribute diminishes through physical degradation, loss of mobility, and isolation from current professionals. Nevertheless, studies show that working beyond typical retirement age can be beneficial to health and wellbeing.

This project is multi-disciplinary, and so working within a diverse team of experts, the research student will require an holistic systems approach to determine the ways in which AI can be deployed to enable elderly professionals to continue to make meaningful contributions to UK productivity whilst simultaneously benefiting from stimulating professional engagement despite age-related impediments.

Find out more: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/meme/research/systems/

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering, science, or design related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Engineering, Computer Science, Ergonomics.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering (WSRP11).

Please quote reference number: SAM03

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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