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Can we improve building management through a mesh network of indoor air quality sensors?

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Prof A Friday Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

PhD: funded for 33 months
Start date: October 2020
Entry requirements: 2:1 degree or above
Lancaster University - Computing and Communications

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( at Lancaster University (

A funded PhD linked with NAQTS Ltd LU-OO5

• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free until June 2023.
• Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).
• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”.
• This project is based at Lancaster University (, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West.
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

Based in Lancaster, National Air Quality Testing Services (NAQTS) are passionate about improving quality of life. Their mission is to provide independent, reliable and holistic air quality information, to inform choices and improve quality of life.

This project is aimed at the important goals of simultaneously decarbonising the UK building stock, promoting good indoor air quality, and reducing the likelihood of airborne virus transmission. This is extremely timely given the Covid-19 global pandemic. This project aims to design, test, and validate an Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network of indoor air quality sensors that can be used to improve air quality, reduce heating/cooling related energy demand, and drive better understanding of stakeholder use of air quality data

The successful candidate will have a 2:1 or first degree in data science, computer science or environmental science, with a capability or a strong interest in learning data handling, analysis, and visualisation, as well as HCI methods that involve studies with human participants.

This PhD will be supervised by Professor Adrian Friday, who is Head of The Lancaster University School of Computing and Communications ( and Professor of Computing and Sustainability, and NAQTS Ltd (

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

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