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Smartwatches and Activity Trackers – Technology Assessment and Data Science

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Woolley
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Wearable technology and data science are active and important areas of research. In particular, there is growing interest in the use of wearables for positive outcomes in health and well-being applications. This project will provide an opportunity to pursue leading health-related technology research, to survey applications, provide experience of test and evaluation processes and an opportunity for substantial contribution to international publication in leading journals and fora proceedings.

The PhD research will involve the use, testing and evaluation of consumer devices as well as an opportunity to research data science using acquired sensor data.

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

This PhD project will connect with on-going collaborations with clinicians and researchers in sports and exercise science and rehabilitation. The research will be supervised by Dr Sandra Woolley in the Centre for Computer Science Research at Keele University in collaboration with Dr Tim Collins at Manchester Metropolitan University and, potentially, with other national and international project partners.

Applications are welcomed from science, technology, engineering or mathematics graduates with (or anticipating) at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent. Applicants should have good computing skills, an enthusiasm for wearable technology but will not require specific expertise or experience in wearable technology.

Applicants should have an enthusiasm for design and experimentation as well as a willingness to acquire new skills. Ideally, applicants will be self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Open to fully self funded students only (please see funding notes below)

This opportunity is open to UK/EU and overseas students. The collaborative and presentation aspects of the research require good English language and communication skills. Overseas applicants would therefore require an English IELTS (or equivalent) of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subtest.

Please quote FNS GS 2019-17 on your application.

Informal enquiries about the project are very welcome by email to the Project Lead, Dr Sandra Woolley ([Email Address Removed])
Full applications should be submitted to:
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Funding Notes

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.
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