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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD Scholarship in Semantic Internet of Things (IoT) for Pervasive Environment Assisted Robotics Intelligence Control

PhD Scholarship in Semantic Internet of Things (IoT) for Pervasive Environment Assisted Robotics 
Intelligence Control
Principal supervisors: Dr Yongqiang Cheng and Professor Ping Jiang
The number of devices connected to the Internet is predicted to be 25 billion by 2015 and double 
this figure by 2020. The addressing, discovery of devices and information representation and 
sharing technologies are the fundamental requirements to support interoperability among the 
devices. The ontologies, semantic annotation etc. developed in Semantic Web have provided a 
promising solution for the IoT interconnections.
The pervasive environment assisted robotics intelligence control achieved via distributed sensing 
and processing has demonstrated advantages in terms of well posed information observation, 
simplified task planning, less on-board intelligence requirement and scalable computing resource 
in environment supporting ageing society for improved mobility and manipulability in their living 
A hierarchical architecture is often used to coordinate activities for autonomous control where 
three main functions SENSE, PLAN and ACT need to be designed and implemented accordingly. For 
example, to achieve an autonomous system helping elderly people on a wheelchair approaching and 
fetching an object, the traditional way is to carry out the functions by on-board controllers. 
This research will investigate proactive contribution of the object to the task by speaking a 
language understandable by the environment and mobile robot. Semantic communications will play a 
key role in the overall feedback control for SENSE, PLAN and ACT.
Being equipped with knowledge acquisition and understanding semantics and ontologies, only a 
minimum level prior knowledge is required by the robot. The environment will adapt to new objects 
and Things by asking and learning.
The project will investigate the contribution of Semantic IoT techniques to the overall pervasive 
intelligence control and identify the areas which can be conducted using semantics. Specifically, 
the following approaches will be envisaged:
1) Profiling. This includes the profiling of objects, tasks and behaviours.
2) Information fusion. Information exchange protocols between human, environment and robots.
3) Robotics control methodologies. Machine learning, context-aware intelligent control, robot 
behaviour network.
The studentship will start in September 2014. This full-time PhD Scholarship will include fees 
at the UK/EU' student rate and maintenance (13,8636 in 2014/15) for three years, depending on 
satisfactory progress. For full information on the PhD project, see here.
For details of how to apply please, visit:
Closing date for applications is 2nd June 2014.