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 DetailsThe 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
SupervisorDr Nick Kelly, and Dr Marc Roper
The successful candidate should be available to start as soon as possible, and no later than the end of February