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Fully funded PhD with Kobe University (Japan): Robots in the making - learning from the experiences of Japan

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    Dr N Komori
    Prof F McLeay
    Dr J Meira
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Project Description

Sheffield University Management School is seeking is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD from exceptional UK/EU/International students with an outstanding academic record (distinction/high merit or equivalent), as well as a proven record in research training.

The International Doctoral Programme provides an opportunity for excellent PhD students to benefit from cross-cultural experience. Students spend time studying at both Sheffield University Management School and Kobe University, one of the top universities in UK and Japan, and benefit from supervision at each. Upon graduation, students will be awarded PhDs from the University of Sheffield and Kobe University.

Project description

Recent advances in robotics and AI are making a drastic change in business and society. The rise of robotics and advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to facilitate human development, while threatening many manual labour jobs. However, little is known the backstage of robotization and the key processes in which robots have being produced. Drawing on the field in Japan, this project aims to explore: the key ways in which the robot industry has developed over the recent years; the process in which robots (for example, driverless cars, healthcare robots) are designed and manufactured; and what this implies for Japanese manufacturing processes, its management practices (e.g. JIT, Total Quality Management, Lean Production, Target Costing) and for the sustainable customer relationships. We will particularly welcome the proposals that explores the ways in which numbers are used to help shape robots that replace or compensate the functions of humans.

How to apply

The deadline to apply is 1 July 2019 at 17:00 UK time. Please note that applications will not be processed if they are incomplete or received after the deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Tuesday 13/Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Applicants should submit a 1000 word research proposal which directly addresses the theme and/or specific topic to which they are applying. The proposal should contain a brief background to the topic, which demonstrates knowledge of existing work in the field, and potential contributions to knowledge. It should also explain the proposed research methods and include a plan of the research, and a timeline.

For more information and to submit an application, visit:

Please clearly indicate the number of the project in your application: IDP 2/2

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact: Dr Naoko Komori, at [Email Address Removed].

Funding Notes

This scholarship is offered on a full-time basis for three years subject to satisfactory progress. The award pays tuition fees and an annual tax free maintenance stipend at the RCUK rate.

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis – applications are assessed on the basis of academic success and qualifications, experience, research background, a clear well-articulated research proposal, the potential impact of the research and a close synergy of research interests with supervisor and the IDP programme.

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