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Fully-funded PhD Studentship: Development of novel machine learning and sensor-based solutions for offshore wind foundations monitoring


Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr Stephen Suryasentana , Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
Glasgow United Kingdom Civil Engineering Data Analysis Electrical Engineering Energy Technologies Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Science

About the Project

About the project:

This fully-funded PhD offers an exciting opportunity to undertake research on the development of novel machine learning and sensor-based solutions for offshore wind foundations monitoring. This project is supported by a multi-disciplinary team of academics from University of Strathclyde and there will be opportunities for industry-linked collaboration with a leading offshore wind developer, Ørsted.

One of the planned applications is to develop solutions to de-risk the installation process for suction caisson foundations. Suction caisson foundations are increasingly used for deep water offshore wind farms (e.g. as anchors for floating wind farms or jackets in transitional waters). However, there is still much uncertainty about the installation process of these caisson foundations. To reduce the risk and uncertainty associated with the installation process, new bespoke sensors are required to capture more comprehensive and accurate information of the process. These sensor information, coupled with machine learning powered ‘autopilot’ software, will provide the caisson foundation with the intelligence and autonomy to self-install safely.

Other applications also include intelligent scour monitoring using underwater drones and deep learning, computer vision techniques. This project is suitable for a candidate who is interested in computer vision, sensor development and machine learning.

 Candidate requirements

 The successful candidate will be based primarily at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, and will be jointly supervised by Dr Stephen Suryasentana and Dr Marcus Perry. Furthermore, the candidate will collaborate closely with industry partners such as Ørsted. The unique combination of academic and industry contacts will be highly beneficial to the candidate’s learning and career development, and future employability. There will also be opportunities for local/international collaborations and to spend a period with collaborators at University of Oxford.

 This project will commence in 4 Oct 2021. The successful UK candidate will receive a fully-funded scholarship for 3.5 years, which covers all university tuition fees and an annual stipend that is in line with the UKRI guidelines i.e. £15,667 (tax-free) for the first year and at least that amount (inflation adjusted) for the subsequent years.

 The successful candidate should have (or expect to achieve) a distinction at Master’s level, or a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent) in an Engineering or Physical Sciences subject, in particular Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics. Experience with programming would be beneficial.

 How to apply:

 Please apply by emailing your application to by 5pm on 30 June 2021. Your application should include the following:

 •            An up to date curriculum vitae (CV)

•            Evidence of a distinction at Master’s level, or a first class or upper second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in subjects relevant to Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics.

 It is recommended to apply early as interviews will be carried out on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Informal enquires should be directed to

Subject Areas include: Electrical & Electronic; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; AI & Machine learning; Data Science; Manufacturing Engineering; Civil & Structural Engineering; Energy;


Funding Notes

Fully-funded scholarship for UK students that covers all university tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend (in line with UKRI guidelines e.g. £15,667 for year 2021/2022) for 3.5 years.

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