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Fully Funded EPSRC and Swansea University PhD Scholarship: Quantifying and the Unquantifiable: Computing Technology and Sports

Swansea University - Computer Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th December 2022
Closes: 13th January 2023

Funding providers: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering

Subject areas: Computer science (primary); digital media, sports science (secondary)

Project description: 

This project studies the relationship between technology and sports, from its earliest days to the current state of the art and projections into the near future.  The studentship supports study of co-production and utilisation of computing technology on and off the field of play. Areas for exploration include game tactics and coaching, athlete training and performance monitoring, and the technologically-mediated fan experience pitchside and at home.

A successful project in this area will examine this core relationship across variable dimensions. These could be national contexts; temporal analyses; or the different and potential uses of technology in similar sports.

Key research questions for the project explore the technical challenges inherent in quantifying and modelling the data and practices in sports to varying degrees of detail; resistance, adoption, and co-production of computing technology within sports; and an examination of the social and cultural effects of technologising sports.

Two example pillars of research are as follows:

  • investigate the statistical and data aspects of sports training, monitoring, and reporting (is “data doping” going to be the next major battleground in sporting fairness?)
  • analyse the increasing use of digital media technologies in the transformation of sports broadcasting from mass media to an individualised experience (are we reaching a point where an NFL broadcast looks like a Madden stream?).

Candidates are also invited to consider and present their own preferred research directions. 

The project offers the opportunity for cross-disciplinary techniques, notably Computer Science, Media Studies, Sports and Exercise Sciences, Statistics, and Data Science. An ideal candidate would be excited about multimedia research outputs, such as the use of interactive media for instructive and illustrative examples as well as narrative context; this can leverage and build on local expertise in mixed reality.

Eligibility

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level plus a recognised master's degree with Merit (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science, Statistics, or closely related discipline.

Applications will be considered from individuals with degrees and expertise in sports and exercise science and/or media studies if sufficient evidence is also presented of technical computing knowledge and ability.

Candidates should have an enthusiasm for sports and some knowledge or experience in broadcasting is desired, though not essential.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. 

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

Funding

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £17,668 for 2022/23).

Additional research expenses will also be available. 

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