Summary of award
Type of Award: Masters by Research
Eligibility: Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First Class or Upper Second Class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
Details: This studentship attracts a one year, tax-free stipend of £14,777 payable every month
Duration: One year, full-time with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months
Closing date: 30th September 2018 (23.59, BST)
Start date: January 2019
Accuracy improvement to low-cost air quality monitoring devices to enable their use in traffic management.
Kirklees Council are seeking to work with the Computer Science Department (CS) to explore the possibilities around the application of advanced data analytics to the issue of air quality.
A number of Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) have been identified in the region covered by the Council, and the intent is to develop innovative traffic management approaches that will improve air quality (and associated health benefits) without disrupting traffic flow. A challenge though is the lack of air quality data, and the prohibitive cost of sensors. Low-cost sensors are available, but they are well known to exhibit very poor accuracy. This funding will support work in collaboration with NPL to explore ways of combining communications and edge/cloud processing to improve the accuracy of low-cost sensors to the level where they can be used for data capture to inform traffic management strategies.
The work will deliver a proof of concept prototype device to be built jointly with NPL. NPL will host the fabrication of the prototype within its North of England (Huddersfield) laboratories.
NPL will contribute to the project by its capability in both Teddington (sensor traceability and uncertainty quantification and reduction) and North of England (low-cost sensor demonstrators for industrial applications; including technologies directly relevant to this proposal).
This studentship is open to all UK, EU and international citizens. Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First Class or Upper Second Class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable).
The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 30th September 2018 (23.59, BST).
This studentship includes a one year tax-free stipend of £14,777 (payable every month) and is available for one year, which is equivalent to the length of the programme. Bursary payments are subject to satisfactory performance.
If you have recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a first class degree, you may be eligible for your tuition fees to be waived by applying for a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship. More information on this scholarship can be found on our Research Degree Scholarship pages
The main supervisor for this project is Professor Phil Lane. Rob Wollin and Aaron Whittham (both from NPL) are also on the supervisory team.
Professor Lane’s staff profile and contact details can be found here – Professor Phil Lane – staff profile).
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How to apply
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