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User Experience Evaluation of a Real Smart Energy Network

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  • Full or part time
    Prof F A C Polack
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Project Description: Keele hosts a smart energy network demonstrator (SEND), which will go live in 2019. Once the digitally-monitored energy system is live, it offers many opportunities for research. Whilst some of these (advertised separately) are part of the SEND project, there are many aspects not covered by this funding. This project would look at human aspects of smart energy, with the potential focus being one of: privacy, usability, information and training, “the myths of smart energy”. The PhD research will involve the user experience evaluation the analysis of current issues, and will provide opportunities to design and evaluate potential solutions.

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: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/

Research Context: This PhD project will be part of Keele’s developing cross-disciplinary research on smart energy, which is part of the Institute for Sustainable Futures. Based in Computer Science, the project will have access to expertise in other schools and in the SEND project (see https://www.keele.ac.uk/business/businesssupport/smartenergy/ ). The lead supervisor will be Prof. Fiona Polack in the Centre for Computer Science Research at Keele University, in collaboration with Dr Sandra Woolley (Computer Science) and/or Dr Zoe Robinson (Geography: Director of Sustainable Education) and, potentially, with other project partners (e.g. Siemens or local SMEs).

Applications are welcomed from science, technology, engineering, smart energy or sustainability graduates with (or anticipating) at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent. Applicants should have good computing skills, an interest in human aspects of smart energy, and an enthusiasm for evaluation and design. They should be self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

This opportunity is open to UK/EU and overseas students. The collaborative and evaluation 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.

Essential:
Applications are welcomed from science, technology, engineering, smart energy or sustainability graduates with (or anticipating) at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent. Applicants should have good computing skills, an interest in human aspects of smart energy, and an enthusiasm for evaluation and design. They should be self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

This opportunity is open to UK/EU and overseas students. The collaborative and evaluation 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.

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

Informal enquiries about the project are very welcome to the Project Lead, Prof Fiona Polack ([Email Address Removed])
To apply please go to: https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduateresearch/researchareas/computerscience/

Please quote FNS GS 2018-13 on your application.

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. There are some possibilities of industrial collaboration and funding.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/

No funding available.
Opportunity for self-funded applications only.

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