Exploring the potential of electrical activity of gut for healthcare and wellbeing


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Jagmohan Chauhan  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Supervisory Team:   Jagmohan Chauhan and Neil White

Project description

Electrogastrography (EGG) records the electrical activity of the gut and can provide useful information about the health and wellbeing of an individual. However, unlike the more mature technologies such as ECG, EEG or EMG the potential of EGG has not been studied fully yet. Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to explore the potential of EGG in healthcare. The initial work will involve creating a wearable prototype with mono or multi-channel electrodes that can record EGG with a good sensitivity. Further wok will investigate the feasibility of the wearable prototype by doing real user studies to understand the acceptability/usability of the device and perform data collection with a focus on healthcare and affective computing. To understand the data and its utility machine learning models will be developed. Lastly, a user interface will be created to let individuals get feedback based on their gastric signals. Working on this research will open doors to enable many applications ranging from measuring nausea in virtual reality environments to monitoring gastrointestinal disorders and diagnosing illnesses early.

The PhD student will work closely with Dr Jagmohan Chauhan (XAI for Health) and Professor Neil White (Intelligent Sensor Systems). The research could lead to new techniques and methods for monitoring the health of individuals. The student will be a part of a dynamic environment within ECS, including opportunities for commercialization of research. ECS Future Worlds is an accelerator to help translate research into innovations and is available for students to move their research into business.

Successful candidates would have a strong background in engineering and preference would be given to those with good understanding of electronics, materials and machine learning. You will join the School of Electronics and Computer Science which is ranked 1st in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2022) within the University of Southampton which is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. You will be supervised by expert researchers in their field. We will also support the development of your future career and be give you opportunities expand your experience and knowledge beyond the topic of the PhD project.  

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £16,062 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Elect & Elect Eng (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Jagmohan Chauhan

Applications should include:

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: [Email Address Removed]


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