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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Hospitality

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    Dr P Hanna
    Dr I Tussyadiah
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Project Description

The School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Surrey invites applications from excellent candidates for a PhD studentship covering Home/EU & Overseas fees and maintenance for January 2018 entry.

We are recruiting a motivated candidate into an exciting, world-class research environment to address critical issues facing automation in hospitality management. The PhD study will focus on how methods of artificial intelligence can be applied to tackle challenges of productivity and customer experience in the hospitality sector. The successful candidate will be expected to master a broad range of theory in artificial intelligence and services management, and employ novel research methodologies to measure human (experience of programming is a desired skill) – robot interactions in various hospitality settings. In your application you will need to offer a formal proposal that documents how you will draw on AI and robotics theory and methodology, and how you plan to apply this to the hospitality domain.

Our PhD programme comprises approximately three years of full time study during which you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication in high-quality refereed journals. As a member of the ESRC funded South East Doctoral Training Centre we offer excellent research training and the opportunity to be part of a vibrant research community that shapes agendas of scholarship and practice. For more information about the Digital Visitor Economy Research Group and our state of the art Digital Lab, please visit:

For full programme information and information on how to apply, please visit:http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/research

Dr Paul Hanna, Director of Post Graduate Research, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management: [Email Address Removed]

Dr Iis Tussyadiah, Director of The Digital Visitor Economy Research Group, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The latest you can apply, and be considered for this studentship, is 4pm (UK time) Monday 31 October 2017.

Successful candidates will have or expect to be awarded a first class (1st) or 2:1 Bachelors degree, or have/expect to be awarded a minimum of Merit on their Masters degree in Social Sciences/related discipline (e.g. Human Geography, Sociology, Psychology), Computer Sciences, or Hospitality/Tourism Management. Knowledge of programming languages and tools, such as Python or Coreographe, is desirable. Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

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