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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Scholarship: Effective use of drones in emergency response

Bernardini, Sara
PhD Scholarship
Leverhulme Magna Carta Doctoral Training Scholarships: 2017/18 entry
Royal Holloway University of London: Computer Science Department and School of Management


The Department of Computer Science and the School of Management invite applications for a fully funded PhD scholarship (full-time only) available from January 2018 on an interdisciplinary project.


Project: Effective use of drones in emergency response – A sociotechnical perspective

This is an exciting interdisciplinary project where the successful candidate will be involved in the disciplines of Information Systems and Computer Science. The candidate will be supported by expert supervision from both disciplines.


This project examines the effective use of drones in emergency management from a sociotechnical perspective. It aims to assess both the technical and the social aspects and their entanglement in emergency response. It will provide a balanced view of the technical and the social aspects that not only take both seriously but also understand their intertwining relationship in the emergency response situation. This is a novel perspective, as most research conducted so far on drones tends to be of technical nature aiming at advancing the technology itself with little views on use cases or the social and organisational aspects of different technical features.


This project will dig deep into the social and technical features of the technology to understand how it could be improved to effectively cater for the complex social and organisational situation of disaster response. It will focus on building technology that (i) will facilitate the use of autonomous drones by emergency responders, who are neither pilots nor experts in AI and robotics; and (ii) will assist them in understanding and using the data gathered by the drones.


Eligibility

The scholarship is open to Home and EU students. International students are eligible to apply but please note that if successful the difference between the UK/EU and overseas fee will need to be found from another source.


Candidate profile

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting-edge research.

The applicant should have studied information systems and computer science at either the undergraduate or postgraduate levels. Experience of both information systems and computer science is preferable.


Typically, successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  *   Distinction at Master's level in a relevant discipline (either computer science and engineering, information systems, or management).

  *   First class honours degree or equivalent at the undergraduate level in a relevant discipline, for applicants who are still completing their Master’s (either computer science and engineering, information systems, or management).

  *   Overall score of at least 7.0 in IELTS test or equivalent (if appropriate).


Funding: The scholarship offers a UK/EU fee waiver and a maintenance award (RCUK rate of £16,553 in 17/18). International students are eligible to apply but please note that if successful the difference between the HEU and overseas fee will need to be found from another source.


Study start date: Successful candidates should start in January 2018.


An important part of the duties of successful candidates will be to support the collective ethos of the Magna Carta Doctoral Centre including being prepared to contribute to seminars, write for public audiences and participate in the academic life of the Institute for Freedoms.


How to apply: Please send your CV, supporting letter, grade transcripts and two references to Ms Sharon Thomas at: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>


Closing date: Monday 17th November


For further information about the project and scholarship, please contact Dr Sara Bernardini (Department of Computer Science: [hidden email])<mailto:[hidden email])> and Dr Amany Elbanna (School of Management: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>).


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Dr Sara Bernardini
Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
Royal Holloway University of London

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