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iCASE PhD Studentship on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Privacy in private spaces (ESPRC and Dyson) - PhD-funded


College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

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Dr E Keedwell , Dr S Hartley No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Project outline

Privacy is a major ethical concern in the development and application of AI and UK parliamentary committees have called for more inclusive approaches to addressing privacy, e.g. privacy by design approaches in the responsible development and application of AI. To achieve this goal, innovative companies need to understand what levels of privacy are desirable, particularly when AI is intended to be used in people’s homes which are traditionally private spaces.

This project will 1] examine privacy in private spaces and the ways in which people manage tensions between risks and benefits related to privacy in their own homes; and 2] develop AI systems that engage with users about their privacy requirements and provide reassurance through the visualisation of hardware and AI capability and the establishment of temporal and spatial boundaries for when and where AI can be used in the home.

Residency Entry Requirements

This studentship is available to candidates resident in the UK/EU.

To meet the residency entry requirements for full funding (tuition fees and a maintenance allowance) you must have:
• Lived in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship
• No restrictions on how long you are able to stay in the UK
• If you are not a UK or EU national, the purpose of your residence in the UK must not be wholly or mainly for full-time education

If you have not resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, you are not eligible for a maintenance allowance so you would need an alternative source of funding for living costs.

Funding Notes

This is a 4-year, fully funded PhD Studentship - UK tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of at least £15,285 per year on offer - to conduct an interdisciplinary PhD in computer science and social science on Ethics and AI and gain experience of an industrial environment with Dyson. The student will have opportunities for training across both disciplines.


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