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Developing Practical Pervasive Energy Monitoring and Data Analytic Solutions for Housing

This project will research new, energy-related applications and interfaces, making use of data from emerging technologies to provide tailored information to housing stakeholders. Applications could include personalised energy and environmental information via a mobile device or tools for facilities mangers.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


5 December 2017


31 January 2018


36 months


Applicants should normally have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering, mathematics, physics or computer science project, and be highly motivated to undertake cutting-edge research in this field.  Experience of energy monitoring, and software engineering would be beneficial.

Project Details

Project Aim:
This 3-year multi-disciplinary PhD project will research opportunities for new, energy-related applications and interfaces, which make use of data from a range of emerging sources to provide tailored information to a range of housing stakeholders from individuals to social landlords. Applications developed could include personalised energy and environmental information via a mobile device through to facilities management tools for housing mangers.

Traditionally, the built environment has been poorly served in terms of the data available on energy use and environmental conditions. However, the roll out of smart metering and a range of low cost, environmental monitoring technologies (in products ranging from mobile phones to environmental multi sensors) mean that data on building performance is now readily accessible. This provides a range of opportunities in monitoring and associated data analytics, particularly providing targeted information to householders and building owners. The provision of performance data, derived from monitoring could be particularly useful in addressing some of the key challenges facing the housing sector, including fuel poverty, poor indoor conditions (low temperatures, high humidity and mould growth) and associated ill health.

It is anticipated that the PhD research work will include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • a science and technology review of environmental and energy monitoring, data analytic techniques, energy services and mobile interfaces for data delivery;
  • testing and selection of pervasive sensing technologies
  • identifying user requirements for energy services and interfaces through interviews and testing;
  • development of a sensing system featuring data acquisition, energy services and mobile interfaces;
  • field of trailling of the sensing system, and
  • gathering information on user responses to mobile interfaces and energy services

The work will be supervised by a multi-disciplinary team from the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) – Dr Nick Kelly, and Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) – Dr Marc Roper. Additionally, Prof. Edward Owens of Heriot Watt University, Energy Technology Partnership Energy Utilisation theme Director will act as the secondary supervisor. There will also be industrial input from Capita Ltd. and BRE Ltd.

Funding Details

The studentship is supported by the University of Strathclyde, Energy Technology Partnership, Capita Ltd and BRE Ltd. Funding will cover home tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £14,000

Further information

The successful candidate should be available to start as soon as possible,  and no later than the end of February