EPSRC Studentship in Industry 4.0 and Asset Management

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

The aim of the project is to develop a social network platform where different assets (using software agents) in a system can share their status and take cooperative actions to enable optimal system performance. This involves the monitoring and prediction of asset condition and optimal coordination of maintenance actions.

The project involves identification of the types of data that should be collected from individual machines and from the system based on the use-case identified through an industrial partner. Further, the project will develop the system architecture that defines the building blocks and the interfaces (e.g., machine agents, system monitoring agents, maintenance agents). Following this, a prototype social network platform will be developed to enable sharing of status and actions between machines.

The successful candidate will be based at the Institute for Manufacturing.

Applicants need to have, or expect to achieve, a high 2:1 or first-class degree in Computer Science or Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering. A good understanding of software architectures, internet of things and data analytics, in addition to software programming experience will be advantageous. Willingness and capacity to learn and develop new concepts is critical.

Applicants from the UK are eligible for a full award, full University and College fees and a maintenance allowance of at least £14,057 per year. Applicants from the EU are only eligible for a fees only award unless they can be deemed a Home student, i.e., have been permanent residents in the UK for the 3 years preceding October 2017. Overseas applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Ajith Parlikad - before submitting the application. www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/people/aknp2

Applications should be made on-line via the Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office before the deadline before the deadline with Dr Parlikad identified as the potential supervisor www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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