We have a number of new PhD studentships available

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (£15,009 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees). Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible. The PhDs are to start in October 2019.

These are in the following areas:

Projects are available for PhD research (three years full time, six years part time). Our research students will be based in Adaptive Systems Research Group and the Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Team based in the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research (CCSIR). Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent in the REF 2014, with 50% of the research submitted rated as internationally excellent or world leading.

The University of Hertfordshire provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University  is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.

How to apply

For informal queries please email me, but note that you must apply for the positions to be considered for the studentships.

Download the application form
Please note: You must download the application form to your computer before you complete it. If you complete the form in the browser window, the information you have entered may be lost when the form is saved.

The application form should be returned to:

Lynette Spelman and Emma Thorogood
Research Student Administrators
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield, Herts
AL10 9AB
tel: +44 (0)1707 286083

doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk

Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year.

The next short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on 1 July 2019.

I am back from Japan

I visited JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), working on collaboration around a social inclusion and autonomy project. I also gave a talk during JAIST World Conference 2019, on how robots can be used to support this project.

Here you can see some local coverage of our interactions. 

A short translation of this coverage is offered below:

The project works on the demonstrative verification of the robot/AI applications performed at facilities in Kaga City, planning to develop assisting systems with autonomy.

Nursing Robotics Experiments Cooperation in 2019, at Kaga city’s hospitals

The research team of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Nomi City) and Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Nonoichi City) will work on Kaga City in fiscal 2019 for demonstration experiments utilizing robots for nursing care and living support for people with disabilities. Researchers met on March 7 at the city hall with Mayor RIku Miyamato. “We would like to make efforts to help the region’s development,” researchers said.  Researchers are Professor Ryo Maezono and  Associate Professor Rihyei Kan from  Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Professor Kousei Demura at Kanazawa Institute of Technology. They are engaged in international research projects about utilizing robot technology for living support for people with disabilities. Kaga city declared for the first time in Japan “smart inclusion city” which aims at a city that is easy to live regardless of the presence or absence of disability by utilizing advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT (Internet of goods) last July. This direction agreed with the research team. With the cooperation of hospitals and welfare facilities in the city, they examine the effects and problems of nursing robots and rehabilitation robots. From abroad, Professor Falsaid Amirabdollahian at Hertfordshire University in the UK and Francesca Azolini, an official of Torrento State Government in Italy, also visited the city hall. {WE CAN ADD HERE} Despite its small provincial city, Rovereto City in the state has over 100 venture companies. Mayor Miyamoto said “I would like to receive advice on the city’s efforts and be able to exchange various things for the future”. An international conference that considers the future creation that anyone can participate in society from the viewpoint of autonomy (automatic control) will be held at Ishikawa Hi-tech Exchange Center (Nomi City) from 10 am to 4 pm.  Mayor Miyamoto will speak.

Promotion to Prof of Human-Robot Interaction

I have been promoted to the position of Professor of Human-Robot interaction, at the School of Engineering and Computing. I will continue to serve my role as the Theme Champion for Information and Security, signposting our research in my theme area to internal and external audience.

Meeting with Chinese Delegation from Huainan City, Anhui, China

We, Dr Xianhui (Cherry) Che and I, had a visit from the Chinese delgation from Huainan City, led by the city Mayor, and mutiple directors, accompanied by our local dignitories from Elstree & Borehamwood, and Hertsmere.They were greated by Prof John Senior, Pro Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Hertfordshire.

The visit focused on our robotics work, demonstrating 4 of the adaptive systems laboratories, and discussions surronding use of robotic for societal challenges.

This will hopefully be a starting step towards a fruitful research and education collaboration between us.

We have a number of PhD studentships available

We have a number of PhD studentships available for starting in October 2018.

These are in the following areas:

Projects are available for PhD research (three years full time, six years part time). Our research students will be based in Adaptive Systems Research Group and the Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Team based in the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research (CCSIR).

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (approximately £14,750 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees). Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible.

Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent in the REF 2014, with 50% of the research submitted rated as internationally excellent or world leading.

The University of Hertfordshire provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University  is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.

How to apply

Please first discuss your application with me. Then follow on with submitting a full application while indicating the project name.

Download the application form.
Please note: You must download the application form to your computer before you complete it. If you complete the form in the browser window, the information you have entered may be lost when the form is saved.

The application form should be returned to:

Ms Emma Thorogood
Research Student Administrator
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield, Herts
AL10 9AB
tel: +44 (0)1707 286083

doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk

Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year.

The next short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on 25 June 2018.​

Planning new collaborations with Multimedia University, Malaysia

We are working with Prof Raphael Phan from MMU on a number of research initiatives that can bring the two groups closer together.

The current theme we are exploring includes work on pattern recognition from visual sensors, with the goal to identify subtle/concealed emotions. This has applications in some of our existing research such as research with children with autism, but also a larger reach in areas such as security (e.g. lie detection) or medical domain (e.g. concealment of emotion in depression).

 

Collaboration between PERCRO lab in Pisa, Italy & Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics lab @Hertfordshire

Mr Fabio Stroppa, a PhD researcher from Italy supervised by my good colleague, Prof Antonio Frisoli is visiting us for an internship for a period of 6 months. Fabio has been working on different evaluations of motor skills using tracking error as you can see here:

Stroppa, F., Loconsole, C., Marcheschi, S., & Frisoli, A. (2017). A Robot-Assisted Neuro-Rehabilitation System for Post-Stroke Patients’ Motor Skill Evaluation with ALEx Exoskeleton. In Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II (pp. 501-505). Springer International Publishing.

In this collaboration, we intend to explore the links between adaptive robotics and influences of vision dominance in motor control.

PhD Studentships available at the University of Hertfordshire (2018 openings)

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (approximately £14,550 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees). Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible.

Our school: Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent in the REF 2014, with 50% of the research submitted rated as internationally excellent or world leading.

The Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.

The following topics are available for students to apply under my supervision.

A- Adaptive therapeutic HRI

Prior work of researchers in our group has established methods to identify fatigue using EMG and EEG sensing. The next natural step, theme of this studentship, is to explore the link between fatigue and kinematic parameters recorded by the HapticMASTER robot, and also work on using fatigue as a potential input in the robot control loop with a goal to optimise treatment protocol.

Requirements: Applicants should have a very strong first degree or (preferably) a Master’s degree in Cybernetics, Computer Science, Biomechanics or other relevant area, and are expected to have strong interdisciplinary interests (e.g. in robotics, rehabilitation, neuroscience). They are also expected to have very good programming skills and interest in robotics.

B- Games and therapeutic interaction

Prior research in our group has focused on developing games for the purpose of rehabilitation. While this is shown to work, it has a limited reach due to diverse set of game preferences in the patient population. The PhD research in this studentship considers turning everyday games into serious games by designing an interface between the two. It addresses the shortcoming that many entertainment games are designed with an able user in mind, and hence are inaccessible to the patients or people with disabilities. Such an interface would in-turn enable different ranges of abilities to interact with games, and hence, have a larger set of games for therapeutic exercise.

Requirements: Applicants should have a very strong first degree or (preferably) a Master’s degree in Cybernetics, Computer Science, Biomechanics or other relevant area, Candidates are expected to have very good programming skills and strong game design interest (e.g. prior familiarity with Unity, JMonkey or UNREAL engines).

C- Safe interactions between humans and autonomous systems

Prior work of researchers in our group has focused on the assessment of safety-critical systems, including autonomous vehicles. The open question for a PhD studentship in this area is to determine under what circumstances it is safe for control of an autonomous system to transit between the human user and the system itself. This will require the identification of empowerment information, this being the minimum set of information needed for situational awareness. Application will be to a selected domain, which may include automotive, defence or nuclear.

Requirements: Applicants should have a very strong first degree or (preferably) a Master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or other relevant area, and are expected to have strong interdisciplinary interests (e.g. in robotics, human factors, neuroscience). They are also expected to have very good analytical skills and an interest in industrial applications of research.

D- Human and activity detection in ambient-assisted living scenarios

Our previous work in ACCOMPANY project (accompanyproject.eu) and recent collaboration with the North Hertfordshire County Council, focuses on person and activity detection in ambient assisted living scenarios. The next natural progression in this work is to improve on the technological readiness of systems for deployment in supervised and unsupervised settings. This involves working on detection algorithms fidelity, as well as user interfaces for the triad of care, the person under care, their relatives and the service provider.

Requirements: Applicants should have a very strong first degree or (preferably) a Master’s degree in Cybernetics, Computer Science, Electronics, or other relevant area, Candidates are expected to have very good programming skills and prior experience in using ambient sensors and mobile robotic devices. Experiences and research interest in multi-sensory fusion is a bonus.

Informal contact before application: the PhDs will be conducted under Dr Farshid Amirabdollahian’s supervision and candidates are invited to informally contact f.amirabdollahian2@herts.ac.uk. PhD topic C will be co-supervised by Dr Catherine Menon.

Application: Your application form should be returned to:

Mrs Lorraine Nicholls
Research Student Administrator,
STRI
University of Hertfordshire,
College Lane
Hatfield, Herts,
AL10 9AB
tel: +44 (0)1707 286083
l.nicholls@herts.ac.uk

Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year.

Deadlines: The next short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on 8 January 2018 with an expected start date of 1st of March 2018.

Two PhD studentships available on assistive and rehabilitation technology

We have two PhD Studentships available at the University of Hertfordshire, School of Computer Science:

A- Fall detection and activity monitoring at home

With the growing ageing population and preference for prolonged personal independence, smart home technology and telecare has gained substantial popularity. The PhD focuses on detecting user status at home or residential care settings using commercially off the shelf technology. It uses machine learning algorithms to classify and detect resident activities and events of interests including falls. The research is linked with local residential care enterprises and North Hertfordshire County Council, and benefits from cross disciplinary supervision between the School of Computer Science and the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care at the University. Technologies available include fish-eye ceiling cameras, contact sensors, Kinect and RGB-D cameras, wireless range and position sensors, to name a few.

B- Sensing user input in HRI using information theory

Perceiving sensory information better allows us to provide more personalised human-robot interaction. An area of interest is to provide a mechanism where human and robot inputs can be separated towards personalisation and better control. The focus of this PhD is to utilise information theory to better sense user inputs during interaction and to provide a better sense of being in control, or empowerment. This is then used to alter conventional control paradigms such as impedance and admittance control, to provide a more personalised control. HapticMASTER robot as well as EMG and EEG systems are available for use within this PhD. The outcome has application in general HRI but specifically useful for unsupervised therapeutic interaction with robots after stroke. The goal is to use information theory for information provision to patients and their therapist, to inform on recovery progress, and better direct choice of therapeutic interactions.

Requirements: Applicants should have a very strong first degree or (preferably) a Master’s degree in Cybernetics, Computer Science, Biomechanics or other relevant area, and are expected to have strong interdisciplinary interests (e.g. in robotics, rehabilitation, neuroscience). They are also expected to have very good programming skills and interest in robotics. The PhD will be conducted under Dr Farshid Amirabdollahian’s supervision and candidates are invited to informally contact f.amirabdollahian2 (at) herts.ac.uk.

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (approximately £14,250 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees). Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible.

Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognised as excellent in the REF 2014, with 50% of the research submitted rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
The Science and Technology Research Institute provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.

Your application form​ should be returned to:
Mrs Lorraine Nicholls
Research Student Administrator,
STRI
University of Hertfordshire,
College Lane
Hatfield, Herts,
AL10 9AB
tel: +44 (0)1707 286083
l.nicholls (at) herts.ac.uk

Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year.The next short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on
30 May 2016.