From: Palaniappan Ramaswamy <R.Palani@kent.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 3:20 PM
Funded PhD project – Pocket brain-computer interface design for device control
Applications for a three year, funded PhD degree is invited.
The project will investigate novel algorithms and stimuli design for a practical, real-time and portable brain-computer interface (BCI) design for device control. It will involve electroencephalogram (EEG) data collection using available equipment from volunteers and the analysis will be carried out initially using Matlab software to allow some form of device control. Next, the feasibility of implementing the complete framework in a portable device will be explored. Therefore, familiarity with Matlab and portable device programming (such as Android) will be necessary. Understanding of basic signal processing concepts such as filtering and spectral analysis will be required. In addition, electronic component development skills will be desirable. Knowledge of neural mechanisms and data collection experience will be useful but not mandatory.
Applicants should have a good honours or equivalent undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Computer Science or Engineering. A good Master's degree or relevant research experience (as evidenced by prior publications) will be advantageous.
Start Date and Funding
The expected start date is September 2016. The award is for 3 years if progression is satisfactory. For UK and EU applicants the award will provide a total amount of £18,112 (based on figures from 2015/16; figures for 2016/17 is expected to be similar). This is in the form of a maintenance grant of £14,057 a year and fees (currently £4,052). In subsequent years, the award will rise in line with any increase in fees.
An overseas recipient of the award will receive the same total amount as would a UK or EU applicant, but will need to demonstrate that they can fund the difference (currently £11,328) between international and home fees.
Support for research students includes regular supervision meetings, a research training programme, computer equipment, a desk in an office and funds for conference travel.
The School of Computing, University of Kent
The School of Computing has a reputation for high-quality research, with over 40 current PhD students. Our research activity is wide ranging and takes place within focused Research Groups which provide a vibrant research community for all members, staff or student. The School of Computing was ranked highly in the recent government run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. Our research intensity was ranked 12th out of 89, with superb impact – 100% of our research impact ranked world leading or internationally excellent.
The University of Kent is a leading university with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. As the UK's European university, it is committed to creating a global student and staff community that advances knowledge and stimulates intellectual creativity, and performs at the highest levels.
The Guardian University Guide 2014 places Kent among the top 20 universities in the UK and it has twice been awarded the highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
The School is committed to the Athena Swan Scheme. This is a national scheme whereby Universities commit to advancing and promoting the careers of female scientists. The University of Kent was awarded an institutional Bronze Award in 2014. Details can be seen on our website at http://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/athenaswan/.
How to Apply
Deadline: 31 January 2016
Applications should be made through the: University of Kent online admission form with the PhD Project text, given above along with ref: Palani Ramaswamy, pasted into the "Reasons for study" section.
For technical queries about the project, email: Dr Palani Ramaswamy
For queries regarding the application procedure, email the PG-Research admissions officer: Stefan Kahrs
Dr Palaniappan Ramaswamy
BE, MEngSc, PhD, SMIEEE, MIET
Reader, School of Computing,
University of Kent, Medway Building
Chatham Maritime, ME4 4AG, Kent, UK
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