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Design for Embodied Interaction in the Internet of Things

   School of Art and Design

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  Dr S Kettley  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project has been selected for consideration for a fully-funded Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship at Nottingham Trent University. Fifteen PhD projects will be funded across the University through the Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship Scheme for entry in 2015/16. Full details of the projects and the competition are available at

This project will complement multidisciplinary research currently being undertaken in smart textiles, social inclusion and the Internet of Things, with a particular focus on ‘embodied’ interaction. Designing for embodied interaction takes into account tangible as well as digital artefacts in complex systems, and considers human experience from a holistic point of view rather than a cognitive one alone. This research will examine how such interaction takes place, the benefits of an embodied approach, and will make recommendations for design processes to support it. While this work will be valuable across all areas of near future design at the junture of industrial and interaction design sectors, it will also inform and draw on current research in the Internet of Soft Things for mental wellbeing.

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible to apply, you must hold, or expect to obtain by 1st October 2015, a Master’s degree, or a 1stClass/2.1 Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (including, where appropriate, training in the relevant research methods and, where relevant, laboratory experience).

Applications can be accepted from UK/EU and International students, but a successful non-EU candidate would be responsible for paying the difference between non-EU and UK/EU fees. (Full-time Fees for 2014/15 are £12,000 for non-EU students and £3,996 for UK/EU students) . The minimum English language proficiency requirement for candidates who have not undertaken a higher degree at a UK HE institution is IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills)

Funding Notes

The scholarships will pay UK/EU fees (currently set at £3996 for 2014/15 and are revised annually) and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (this is revised annually and is currently £13,863 for academic year 2014/15) for up to three years*. The scholarships are due to commence in October 2015.

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