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Assessing the applicability of Artificial Intelligence in the Environmental Impact Assessment process – a case study of oil and gas projects

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

This project undertakes an empirical evaluation of AI and machine learning application to specific EIA operating principles for selected oil and gas projects.

The project will review the State of the Art approaches in EIA to ensure that oil and gas projects achieve environmental sustainability. It will then explore the diverse selection of AI techniques that are available and their applicability for different elements of the processes and whether such approaches have been applied before.

Please note that there is no university funding associated with this proposal. For more details, please contact the PI.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see:

• Candidate must be innovative and willing to explore new learning opportunities;
• Computer Science and/or Computer Engineering background would be an added advantage;
• Candidate must be willing to self-train or attend bespoke training relevant to the subject-matter;
• Knowledge of the oil and gas industry including EIA process would be an added advantage.

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact:
Dr Babatunde Anifowose
Assistant Professor/CAWR Associate

To apply online please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Funding Notes

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