Summary

Ambient assisted living (AAL) can be defined as “the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a person’s daily living and working environment to enable them to stay active longer, remain socially connected and live independently into old age”. In 2017, there are an estimated 962 million people aged 60 or over in the world as per the United Nation (UN) data. Particularly in the UK, it is expected that one in 7 people will be aged over 75 by 2040. The better understanding of their daily activities and vital signs can provide a knowledge base to assist them in the situation of an emergency (e.g. fall detection) and monitor their health (e.g. respiration rate and heart rate) under the AAL framework. In addition, such knowledge base will play an important role in the connected healthcare for both patients and health professionals.

The successful applicant will be expected to investigate the daily life activities and vital signs using radar (non-contact) based systems. This will be an experimental based work where data will be collected in real environments (e.g. a living room) and process using appropriate artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.

Following is the breakdown of this Ph.D.:

1.Calibration of the cm-wave and mm-wave radar systems The radar systems (cm and mm) will be tested to quantify their performances (e.g. sensitivity and dynamic range).

2.Data collection and processing Data will be collected with both radar systems in different environments (e.g. living room) for different human activities. Unique features relating activities will be extracted from the data and further used to detect any activity.

The candidate will ideally have good knowledge of radar systems, signal processing, programming (e.g. C/C++ and MATLAB) and AI.


Essential criteria

  • To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.

Funding

    The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:

    Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)

    Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)

    Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)

    Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Department for the Economy (DFE)

    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,285 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies


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