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PhD Studentship - Machine Learning for Digital Manufacturing

University of Glasgow

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Glasgow
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £16,062
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th June 2022
Closes: 31st July 2022

Supervisors: Dr Kumar Shanmugam

Funding

The studentship is supported by the Apollo Tyres Ltd, and it will cover overseas tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UKRI rate for 3.5 years (est. £16,062 for session 2022/23). 

Description

The James Watt School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5-year PhD project entitled ‘Machine Leaning for Digital Manufacturing’ within the Systems, Power and Energy Division.

Increasing demand for the development of high-performance tyres with complex designs has spurred a revolution in their manufacture and design. However, challenges still exist in the processing of these tyres concerning quality attributes, rework reduction and cured tyre scrap reduction. These inherent challenges can be avoided by implementing algorithms to detect defects and modulate process parameters in real time. In this proposed research, several algorithms, with a focus on machine learning methods, will be explored to systematically tackle the three main stages of the manufacturing process: material design, process parameter configuration, and in situ anomaly detection.

The successful candidates will have background in data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and their applications for advanced manufacturing systems. Candidates must possess an MS/MEng degree in materials science or engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer science and engineering, chemical engineering or a closely related discipline, and demonstrate documented potential for outstanding research. We seek applicants who are well-versed in the mathematical, statistical, and algorithmic foundations of artificial intelligence (AI) and have interest and experience in applying machine learning to problems of modelling, design, optimization and discovery of engineered products, materials and systems. To effectively engage with the advanced materials and 3D printing lab at Glasgow, experience and/or background in manufacturing (including 3D printing), characterization, modelling, design and testing of composite materials is desired.

Apollo Tyres Ltd is an international tyre manufacturer and the leading tyre brand in India. The company has a total of 7 manufacturing units in India, Hungary and The Netherlands. The company markets its products under its two global brands – Apollo and Vredestein, and its products are available in over 100 countries through a vast network of branded, exclusive and multi-product outlets.

This is a great opportunity to partner with one of the most exciting companies in the tyre manufacturing industry and work with leading professionals and world-class manufacturing facilities, production lines, research & development centres and supply chain centres. The students will have access to Apollo Tyres global manufacturing infrastructure, data and Apollo employees. Student, in addition to working under the supervision of academic supervisor at the University of Glasgow, will collaborate with a company supervisor, who will mentor and support data gathering and research hypothesis. All business-related expenses and required equipment will be supported by the company.

Please note that this application is to gain admission to our PGR programme, and an offer of admission may be issued before a decision on this Scholarship is made. Candidates applying for this Scholarship will most likely have an interview/discussion with the supervisor before any decision is made.

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree.

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