PhD Studentship: Automated Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Industry using Cyber-physical Systems

Loughborough University

Application details:
Reference number: WS22
Start date: 1st October 2018
Closing date: 9th March 2018

Primary supervisor: Patrick Webb
Secondary supervisor: Shahin Rahimifard 

Intro (standard):
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

Industry, a major consumer of resources and producer of pollutants, is undergoing a technological revolution created by the fusion of information technology, mobile technology, ubiquitous sensors and artificial intelligence. Various names given to this phenomenon are cyber-physical systems, internet of things, or the fourth industrial revolution. Business and governments are looking to this paradigm change to reduce costs, guarantee quality, shorten times to market and promote economic growth.

 There is also an opportunity to build environmental awareness directly into the underpinning infrastructure of this future industrial landscape while it is still in the early stages of development. The aim of this PhD project will be to advance this vision by understanding the potential of current and near future technology such as sensors, machine vision and autonomous asset tracking for quantifying environmental impact. These devices and systems form the interface between the real world and the information processing elements of a cyber-physical system. The student will assess the state of the art of this interface technology, identify what are the gaps in capability and construct demonstrators to test what can be achieved in automated environmental impact assessment.

 The work will build on and contribute to existing activity in the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technology (SMART) at Loughborough University, including on energy consumption, on water consumption and effluent production monitoring, and on modelling of industrial production systems and supply chains.

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For more information on the Centre for SMART go to:

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a physical science or engineering subject.

Funding information:
Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a (provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:
Name: Patrick Webb
Email address:
Telephone number: 01509 225400

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS22

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