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Smartphone Sensing System for Health Management and Autoinjector Training

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    Dr S Woolley
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Project Description

Pervasive healthcare technology is a very active and exciting area of research with many opportunities for innovation in design, development and evaluation. This project involves the design and evaluation of a smartphone sensing system to support people managing anaphylactic allergies.

The research will involve formal design methodologies, system implementation, experimental evaluation and statistical analysis of results. It will provide an opportunity to pursue world-class health technology research, provide experience of formal clinical evaluation processes and an opportunity for substantial contribution to international publication in leading journals/fora proceedings.

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education and research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student life. The University has the UK’s largest campus with 617 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes. Keele University runs its own day nursery for infants from 3 months to 5 years and is committed to equality and diversity. Information for prospective postgraduate researchers can be found here:

Research Context: The project will expand on collaborative work between technologists and allergy clinicians. It will be supervised by Dr Sandra Woolley in the Centre for Computer Science Research at Keele University in collaboration with clinical partners and Dr Tim Collins at Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr Luis Hernandez at Birmingham City University. (Information on prior pilot work is published here:

Self funded applicants with an interest in this opportunity are invited to email Dr Sandra Woolley ([Email Address Removed]) with a CV and a detailed expression of interest which includes an account of eligibility and funding and a summary of related interests, skills and experience.

Funding Notes

No funding available. Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees and living costs please see and


Eligibility Criteria: Applications are welcomed from science and engineering graduates with (or anticipating) at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent. Applicants will require good computing skills, an enthusiasm for system design and an interest in evaluation and statistical analysis.

Applicants should be self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

The opportunities are open to UK/EU students and overseas students. The clinical nature of the research requires excellent English language and communication skills. Overseas applicants would therefore require an English IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any subtest.

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