Natural Language Voice User Interface for Intelligent HCI

Brunel University London - College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship which aims to develop a natural language voice user interface for intelligent HCI. The studentship is part of a collaborative project led by Brunel University London and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Brunel University London are supporting the development of the interdisciplinary research Institute of Innovative Quality Engineering and Smart Technology (I2QEST). The I2QUEST is an international Industry - University - Research innovation platform, recently launched with Sichuan Mingxin Investment Group (SMIG), supported by Chengdu High-tech Zone, with its vision to be a world leading Centre of Excellence in innovative quality engineering and smart technology.

Intelligent voice user interface plays an important role in future Industry 4.0. Robotics and autonomous systems should be able to communicate with human operators intelligently and they should be capable of advanced speech recognition or understanding, natural language processing and conversation.

This studentship will develop a robust natural language voice user interface for intelligent HCI. The research will adopt a novel approach to language recognition and understanding, and develop practical methods and robust algorithms to achieve more accurate and reliable speech recognition.

The student will be based at Brunel’s Uxbridge campus and will be part of the research team in the College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences. The student will be able participate in national and international conferences, interact with industrial partners, and will have an opportunity to travel to Chengdu, China, to work with collaborators associated with the Chengdu High-Tech Zone.

For an informal general discussion regarding the above post, please contact Dr QingPing Yang at

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants should have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in computer science, software engineering or a closely related discipline. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,558 (UK/EU candidates) or £10,000 (Overseas candidates) plus payment of their full time UK/EU or Overseas tuition fees, whichever is appropriate, for a period of 36 months (3 years).

How to Apply
Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Wednesday 3rd January 2018 to

Your up-to-date CV

  • A 300-500 word document setting out ideas for your research project.
  • A one A4 page statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. your skills and experience).
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate.
  • Two academic references.

Interviews will take place during January 2018 with a proposed start date of 1st February 2018.

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