20 February 2012

PhD Scholarships Network: Search and Rescue 2020

The Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo) in collaboration with the Department of Architecture, the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Psychology are pleased to announce the availability of three PhD scholarships to investigate novel approaches to, and technologies for, search and rescue.

Three scholarships are available spanning autonomous systems and robotics, wearable computing, sensors, speech and will incorporate aspects of psychology and architecture.  The network will provide excellent opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and significant opportunities for research training.  The network will be supported and co-ordinated within the recently formed Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo – http://www.scentro.ac.uk) to which the successful applicants will become members.

The specific research challenges that the network will address are:

  • Mapping, modelling and simulation of the dynamic search and rescue environment, and the localisation and navigation of assets within this environment;
  • Logistical command and control issues including co-ordination of search and rescue assets, communication and display of information and feedback and knowledge transfer;
  • Design and construction of search and rescue assistive hardware and corresponding algorithms for efficient and effective operation including user-centric design; and
  • Inter-relationships and interfaces between humans and search and rescue technologies including training requirements.

The three PhD scholarships are being funded by the University for 3 years.  Students will receive a scholarship which will provide tuition fees at UK/EU rate, an annual maintenance amount at the standard RCUK rate (£13,590 in 2011-12) and a research training grant of £1,000 p.a. 

More about the research projects plus further details about the scholarships, including how to apply

Closing date for applications:  Friday 30th March 2012