Automated assessment of the environmental impact of industry using cyber-physical systems PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

Industry, a major consumer of resources and producer of pollutants, is undergoing a technological revolution created by the fusion of information technology, mobile technology, ubiquitous sensors and artificial intelligence. Various names given to this phenomenon are cyber-physical systems, internet of things, or the fourth industrial revolution. Business and governments are looking to this paradigm change to reduce costs, guarantee quality, shorten times to market and promote economic growth.

 There is also an opportunity to build environmental awareness directly into the underpinning infrastructure of this future industrial landscape while it is still in the early stages of development. The aim of this PhD project will be to advance this vision by understanding the potential of current and near future technology such as sensors, machine vision and autonomous asset tracking for quantifying environmental impact. These devices and systems form the interface between the real world and the information processing elements of a cyber-physical system. The student will assess the state of the art of this interface technology, identify what are the gaps in capability and construct demonstrators to test what can be achieved in automated environmental impact assessment.

 The work will build on and contribute to existing activity in the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technology (SMART) at Loughborough University, including on energy consumption, on water consumption and effluent production monitoring, and on modelling of industrial production systems and supply chains.

The student will assess the state of the art of the interface technology and construct demonstrators to test what can be achieved in automated environmental impact assessment.


Primary supervisor: Patrick Webb

Secondary supervisor: Shahin Rahimifard

Find out more

For further project details email Patrick Webb or register your interest and ask us a question.

For more information on the Centre for SMART you can visit their website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a physical science or engineering subject.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a (provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS22

Application details

Reference number:  WS22
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018