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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD studentships at the University of Nottingham

PhD studentships at the University of Nottingham

The Digital Economy promises to transform the ways in which we work, shop, travel, learn, socialise
and play. It is transforming many aspects of society, particularly with regard to technology and 
provides research challenges in both technical and social areas, including:

 Ubiquitous Computing - where millions of computers are embedded in the world around us;  
Location-Aware Computing - taking advantage of knowing the geographical position of these fixed 
or mobile computing and communications devices. Pervasive Data  with a vast amount of data generated
and captured on processes, products and people, the potential for gathering information from this 
data is huge but subject to the availability and development of algorithms and infrastructure able 
to cope with such vast amounts of often distributed data. Further, the processing of data is 
increasingly subject to privacy-protecting policies and other restrictions such as regional 
legislation, strengthening the need for tools which are not only functional but satisfy 
requirements such as transparency, privacy and personalisability.

 Science in Society - considering the technological, social or legal perspectives to the grand 
challenge associated with modelling users, their environment and the interactions between the two.

We are interested in students from a wide variety of backgrounds including computer science, 
engineering, human factors, psychology, sociology, business, geography, social science and the arts,
providing that they have an excellent first degree and can demonstrate an enthusiasm for 
interdisciplinary research.

Would you like to be at the heart of this revolution, researching across the disciplines to explore
new uses of ubiquitous and location-aware computing, creating new technologies, or studying their 
impact on peoples lives?

The Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Nottingham is recruiting on to a unique PhD 
programme for the Digital Economy. Supported by RCUK and over 30 industry partners, we are training
a community of over 70 PhD students to become the next generation of research leaders in this 
field within industry or academia.

Our current industry partners include: Active Ingredient, Aerial, BBC, Blast Theory, BT, EADS 
Astrium, EUROCONTROL, Fhios, Guidance Monitoring, HP, HW Communications, IBM, innovITS, Leica 
Geosystems, Location and Timing KTN, Logica, Microsoft, Network Rail, Nokia, Nottingham Scientific,
Ordnance Survey, PARC, Scott Wilson, SERCO, Sharp Labs Europe, Thales, Trinity House, TRL Technology.

Our students will benefit from:
 A fully-funded four-year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with 
research training in interdisciplinary skills.
 A personalised pathway through this programme that enables students to gain a balance of skills 
across key technology areas, future applications and human and societal issues.
 Training in innovation and ingenuity to equip students for careers in industry, from global 
companies to start-ups.
 A three-month internship at one of our partners including BBC, BT, EADS Astrium, HP, IBM, Logica, 
Microsoft, Network Rail, Nokia, Ordnance Survey, PARC, Scott Wilson, Sharp Labs Europe and Thales 
(see list above)  Regular seminars and meetings with industry representatives to develop contacts 
with future employers.
 An enhanced stipend of 15,600 per annum as well as a personal laptop.
 Supervision from international leaders in the associated disciplines.
 Use of over 3m state-of-the-art facilities including positioning and sensing testbeds and transport simulators.
 Career guidance support tailored to individual needs.
 Office and laboratory space on Nottinghams award-winning Jubilee Campus.

We have funding for ten UK/Home and two UK/Home/EU students. Places are also available for those 
in receipt of four year independent funding/scholarships. Please note we do not have any 
international studentships available, so please do not enquire.

Further information can be found on the Horizon Doctoral Training Centre website;
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Miss E Juggins, tel: 0115 823 2316 or 

Application forms are available from Miss E Juggins or downloadable from
and should be returned by email with a detailed CV and a statement of research interests to 
Shortlisting date: 
18 January 2012. 
Interview date: on 1 February 2012.
Professor Uwe Aickelin
School of Computer Science - Intelligent Modelling & Analysis (IMA) The University of Nottingham, 
Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK.

Phone: +44 (0)115 95 14215

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