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Intelligent product-service systems in smart cities: Advancing co-design and systems engineering practices

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: WS12
Start date of studentship: 1st October 2019
Closing date of advert: 28th January 2019
Interview date: TBC


Primary supervisor: Dr Melanie King
Secondary supervisor: Dr Mey Goh & Dr Ehsan Sabet

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Full Project Detail

This project aims to advance co-design, software and systems engineering practices in complex and multi-disciplinary project environments: specifically, Product-Service Systems (PSS) for smart cities. The research will adopt a systems-of-systems perspective and utilise novel quantitative and qualitative methods. Evidencing what works (or does not work) and why is particularly challenging due to; the variety of specialist and multi-disciplinary roles required on projects, the pace of technological change in Internet of Things (IoT) environments and complex human factors in socio-technical systems. What works in one project, organisational context or city may not work well in others, for example, studying how requirements are generated and stakeholders are managed within agile co-design and development environments that incorporate non-specialists (i.e. citizens) and other end-users of intelligent products and services. Another key area for investigation is the incorporation of business stakeholder and policy maker requirements into the process of refining designs and prototype solutions for real-world intelligent product-service systems in our future cities.

The successful candidate will be supervised by three academics specialising in Systems of Systems Engineering, Engineering Design and Engineering Management.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, computer science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: systems engineering, software engineering; agile development practices, Internet of Things environments.

Contact details

Name: Dr Melanie King
Email address:
Telephone number: (01509) 227198

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Electronic and Electrical Engineering’

Please quote reference number: WS12

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777. While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 26th March 2019.

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