Full time/ fully funded PhD Studentship in Computing for Sustainability

We’re looking for outstanding students with a passion for exploring how computing can promote environmental sustainability to join our group! Funding for up to 3.5 years, commencing October 2017. Still open for academic year 2017.

Addressing major societal challenges including rising energy demand and resiliency in the face of environmental change, will require massive transformations in how we use energy and resources.

The energy impacts of IT systems is increasingly significant to the planet, and these impacts are increasing exponentially. How can we understand and transform this energy footprint? Smart environments offer considerable potential for rethinking how and when energy is used to support everyday life. How can we shift and reshape energy demands in the home or be used to support better but lower energy ways of living?

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Full time/ fully funded PhD Studentship in Computer Science (Supporting Adaptive Thermal Comfort)

We’re looking for outstanding computer-scientist, environmental scientist or human-geographer with a passion for promoting environmental sustainability and commercial innovation to join our group!  Funding for 3 years, commencing October 2017. Closes 6th August.

Energy used for heating represents over 50% of domestic energy use in UK, and has increased by 1/3rd in the past 40 years.  To respond to our climate change commitments, we must radically reduce the amount of energy associated with heating and cooling buildings.  Current systems do not work in harmony with outdoor temperatures, and are not responsive to occupants or the actual use of indoor space.

This PhD studentship represents a unique opportunity to help create systems to systematically explore an entirely different approach to controlling indoor temperature based on a networked mesh of fine-grained sensors/ controllers.  We will be creating experimental testbeds, innovative control and UI systems and working with stakeholders on an entire building scale, to explore this issue ‘in situ’.

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