PhD Studentship: Cyber-Human Integration in Industry 4.0

Loughborough University

Application details:
Reference number: WS05
Start date: 1st October 2018
Closing date: 9th March 2018

Primary supervisor: Pedro Ferreira
Secondary supervisor: Niels Lohse

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Project Detail:
The advent of Industry 4.0 is providing changes and challenges to the manufacturing industry. The vision of smart factories, smart products and smart services supported by existing technology is revolutionary, and provides new opportunities to re-think the way we manufacture products.

 This project aims to establish that humans should be an intrinsic part of the manufacturing system. In order to enable this concept one needs to incorporate humans in the Cyber-Physical concepts established in industry 4.0. This needs to provide a seamless integration that explores a symbiotic relationship between humans and Cyber-Physical-Devices.

The project will look at human augmentation aspects, such as the use of augmented reality, wearable technology and advance metrology, as well as human factors to ensure that this integration is welcomed by all involved.

The project should provide the advances in human-machine symbiotic collaborations targeting high performance resilient systems.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should hold (or expect to obtain), a first-class or good 2:1 honours degree or a Masters in engineering, operations management, computer science, applied mathematics or a related subject.

Software skills will be beneficial for this project, namely java, C#, etc. Good communication skills are also an asset.

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: Pedro Ferreira
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0) 1509 227618 

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

Please quote reference number: WS05

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