Reference Number: SciEng-UR-2018-1
The ever growing use of sensors, IoT based networked devices and machines on the factory shop floor has resulted in the continuous generation of high volume data which is known as Big Data. A number of efforts have emerged to look at how Big data from the devices and equipment on the factory shop floor can be analysed in the right context and for a meaningful purpose. Amongst these efforts, Cyber-Physical System (CPS) has received a lot of attention. CPS focuses on the integration of computational applications with physical devices, being designed as a network of interacting cyber and physical elements. CPS control and monitor real-world physical entities and infrastructures generally using feedback from sensors they monitor. This research will focus on designing a novel framework for processing large amounts of data generated by Industrial IoT sensors and in particular factory floor machines and equipment. The framework will look at modeling and simulating an intelligent data analytics hub using the CPS approach. A test bed will be implemented based on the simulation results.
Specific Requirements of the Project
– Experience in Wireless Sensor Networks and Microcontrollers
– Sensor Interfacing
– NI Data Acquisition systems
– Simulation software
• Matlab/Simulink or Modelica
– Programing in C/C++, Java, LabVIEW
– Some background/interest in the following would be beneficial
• Internet of things for Industrial environments
• Cyber physical systems
• Data analytics and AI Techniques
– You will work with academic members of staff from the Communication and Signal Processing Research Group at MMU
– There is also the possibility to carry out experiments in the state of the art Polymer Micro-Nano technology Centre at Bradford University.
Project Aims and Objectives
This research will involve
• A comprehensive critical evaluation of the current CPS models/architectures and the simulation tools for structured and unstructured data sets for manufacturing systems.
• A comprehensive critical evaluation of the current cloud/big data analytical tools for analysing structured and unstructured data from manufacturing systems.
• The design of a CPS model/architecture for the current devices installed in the high value-added manufacturing environment and an intelligent data analytic hub such that it will cater for both structured and unstructured data sets.
• Develop appropriate mathematical models to capture the key characteristics of the various CPS architectures and proposed models for data analysis.
• To implement and evaluate the resulting architecture on appropriate hardware platforms in test beds installed in the high value-added manufacturing environment.
Project is only open to: Home/EU and overseas
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Umar Raza
01612471652 [email protected]