COALAS MSc by Research Studentship at University of Kent in UK, 2013/14

The COgnitive Assisted Living Ambient System (COALAS) project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg IVA Programme. One studentship is offered and covers approximately £13590 per annum pro rata plus Home/EU fees for a period of 12 months of registration. EU and UK applicants are eligible for this Research Studentship. Applicants must have a first class or good 2.1 honours degree in a relevant branch of engineering, mathematics or computer science. Studentship will start from no later than 3 February 2014.

Study Subject (s): The studentship is awarded in Cognitive Assisted Living Ambient System (COALAS) in UK.
Course Level: This studentship is for pursuing MSc research at University of Kent in UK.
Scholarship Provider: European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg IVA Programme
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility:
-Home and EU applicants are eligible for this MSc research studentship.
-Candidates should have a first class or good 2.1 honors degree in a relevant branch of engineering, mathematics, or computer science.
-The studentship will provide full Home/EU level tuition fees for the registration period of 12 months, and a non-taxable subsistence allowance of approximately £13590 per annum pro rata with a separate budget for IT equipment, software and travel to conferences and project meetings.
-The successful applicant must be able to start immediately, or no later than 3 February 2014.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: UK and EU are can apply for this MSc research studentship.

Scholarship Description: The COgnitive Assisted Living Ambient System (COALAS) project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg IVA Programme and it represents a major collaboration between the University of Kent and several British and French partners (including universities and health organizations). The project aims to address technological barriers inhibiting the uptake of new technological advances addressing issues of assisted living for people with mobility difficulties. To achieve this COALAS aims to integrate in to a novel cognitive framework existing and new technical solutions such as telemedicine devices, autonomous humanoid robotic helpers, autonomous and semi-autonomous wheelchairs, and the provision for efficient secure communications among these subsystems.

The University of Kent will contribute to several areas within the project and the studentship will be associated with the following: Robust Robotic Control and Path Planning the Kent team will contribute to the development of autonomous control algorithms for the NAO humanoid robotic helper, as well as path planning algorithms required by a robotic wheelchair. This work will involve efficient hardware implementation which can be easily and simply integrated with the (semi-) autonomous wheelchair and sensor measurements fusion leading to the integration and advanced feedback-based control of the humanoid and mobile units together in order to further enhance the robustness of the overall system.

Secure Communications Technology to ensure maximal effectiveness of the autonomous wheelchair and robotic assistant technology, it is advantageous that a secure and efficient means of wireless communication be available between the wheelchair/humanoid robotic assistant and other locations such as a central medical base. However, a major issue arises since an efficient means of encrypting any transmitted data is required to prevent the potential compromise of personal medical data and ensure the data is only available to authorized persons and locations. It is, therefore, proposed to enhance the use of an authentication system developed at the Universities of Kent and Essex based on the direct generation of encryption keys based on properties of electronic devices (termed ICmetrics). ICmetrics possess the dual advantage of not requiring the storage of any encryption key (which is regenerated as required) and also allows the identity of an electronic device to be uniquely determined, hence guaranteeing its authenticity.

Number of awards offered: One research studentship position will be offered.

Duration of award(s): Duration of scholarship is for a period of 12 months.

What does it cover? A non-taxable subsistence allowance of approximately £13590 per annum pro rata plus Home/EU fees for a period of 12 months of registration.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: The mode of applying by online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 19 December 2013.

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